\ yu̇-ˈnīt How to pronounce unite (audio) \
united; uniting

Definition of unite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put together to form a single unit
b : to cause to adhere
c : to link by a legal or moral bond
2 : to possess (different things, such as qualities) in combination

intransitive verb

1a : to become one or as if one
b : to become combined by or as if by adhesion or mixture
2 : to act in concert


\ ˈyü-ˌnīt How to pronounce unite (audio) \

Definition of unite (Entry 2 of 2)

: an old British gold 20-shilling piece issued first by James I in 1604 for the newly united England and Scotland

called also Jacobus

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Other Words from unite


uniter noun

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join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness. joined forces in an effort to win combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit. combined jazz and rock to create a new music unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity. the colonies united to form a republic connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity. a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity. a name forever linked with liberty associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation. opera is popularly associated with high society relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection. related what he observed to what he already knew

Examples of unite in a Sentence

Verb Party members united in support of their candidate. Students united to protest the tuition increase. uniting against a common enemy The struggle to end slavery united rich and poor. A treaty united the independent nations. The sperm and egg unite to form an embryo.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Although Americans consistently rank high drug prices as one of their top concerns, lawmakers have repeatedly failed to unite to pass meaningful legislation, in part because of stiff opposition from the powerful pharmaceutical industry. Tami Luhby, CNN, "Hill Democrats aren’t waiting for Biden on health care reforms," 3 May 2021 Will all this add to pressure for a vote to unite the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland? Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Northern Ireland turns 100 amid renewed worries tied to Brexit," 3 May 2021 In the official Republican response, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Democrats were using race as a political wedge and said Biden had failed to unite the nation, a key campaign promise. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "In speech of big plans, Biden open to smaller gains on immigration," 29 Apr. 2021 The 30 by 30 initiative is something that a lot of America can unite on. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Deb Haaland Says Public Lands Should Reflect America," 28 Apr. 2021 From California to Georgia to New York, cases that caught our attention are vile and require us to unite to disband the resurgence of hate in all forms. Simone Morris, Forbes, "Get Motivated To Fight Anti Asian-American Bias," 28 Apr. 2021 It was meant to be a time to unite strength coaches as the pandemic was closing the country down. Martin A. Davis Jr., The Christian Science Monitor, "Women strength coaches do the heavy lifting for women’s athletics," 27 Apr. 2021 Young women and men from different backgrounds can train together, support one another, wear the same uniform, and unite around the same goals and aspirations. Greg Dumas, National Review, "When the Faculty Lounge Goes After College Sports," 25 Apr. 2021 The bass guitar, also known as the electric bass, plays the low tones that unite the sounds of the other instruments in a band. Ivana Chavez, chicagotribune.com, "How much should I spend on a guitar?," 18 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the nose, pear and candied lemon unite with soft gardenia. Rachel King, Fortune, "The best wines for Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2020 The two Johns unite — this is an easy Team Legend win. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "The Voice season premiere recap: Let the Blind Auditions begin!," 20 Oct. 2020 Or must both the workaholic and the gamer unite for dish duty? Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Is It Ever Okay…to Reeeeeeeach Across the Dinner Table?," 7 Sep. 2020 SoCal Veg Fest opens this weekend Lovers of Beyond Meat burgers, quinoa bowls and tofu scrambles unite: The SoCal VegFest, an event designed especially for vegans, will sprout this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Annual OC Japan Fair will bring taste of culture, tradition to O.C. fairgrounds," 17 Oct. 2019 Literally hundreds of planes, flying very low, disgorged colored parachutes marking the different unites. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "What the Free Press front page looked like as D-Day unfolded," 5 June 2019 Of course, Vera conveniently leaves out the fact that when a jinn and a human unite, the human's soul is utterly destroyed. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn," 23 June 2019 Despite his constant movement, the usual engine Victor Moses was finding little room to do much as Croatia's tight defensive unite monitored his runs throughout. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "WATCH: Croatia Rides Modric Penalty Kick, Own Goal to Win Over Nigeria," 16 June 2018 From David to Erika to 'D' to the gender neutral, elephant-human-hybrid Eureka who perseveres in the face of adversity - all of these persons with their strengths and flaws - unite in me. Megan Friedman, Seventeen, ""Drag Race" Finalist Eureka O’Hara Says It's Time for Big Girls To Rule The World," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of unite


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unite


Middle English, from Anglo-French uniter, from Latin unitus, past participle of unire, from unus one — more at one


obsolete unite united, from Middle English unit, from Latin unitus, past participle

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“Unite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unite. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unite

: to join together to do or achieve something
: to cause (two or more people or things) to be joined together and become one thing
: to become joined together as one thing


\ yu̇-ˈnīt How to pronounce unite (audio) \
united; uniting

Kids Definition of unite

1 : to put or come together to form a single unit
2 : to bind by legal or moral ties This treaty will unite our nations.
3 : to join in action The two groups united to improve schools.

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