unite

verb
\ 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

unite

noun
\ 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

Verb

uniter noun

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Verb

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

Season two ended with Eleven and Mike finally uniting after spending a year separated, pining for one another. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Alexei From "Stranger Things” Season 3?," 9 July 2019 Sports and American pride are a classic combination, and sometimes the sports world helps unite the country during difficult times. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "July 4: A look back at some of the most patriotic moments in American sports," 4 July 2019 In China, parades have similarly been used to portray the military and the country’s leadership as united — ready to fight both domestic and foreign enemies. Washington Post, "Trump’s July 4 spectacle was inspired by France. To some outside the U.S., it looks more like China.," 3 July 2019 Some of the most important—and now collectible—posters of the postwar era were created in May, 1968, when French students and workers united to protest their nation’s moral and political direction. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 Even with her present, Republicans lack enough votes to foil the chamber’s 18 Democrats on bills on which the majority party is united. oregonlive.com, "Oregon gets 12th Republican state senator," 28 June 2019 Some say the Montevallo's LGBTQ nondiscrimination order united the city. John Sharp, al.com, "In Alabama, protecting the LGBTQ community has become a ‘very local issue’," 27 June 2019 In 2017, the hit HBO series changed the game for prestige television, uniting a jaw-dropping cavalcade of powerhouse actresses, including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Big Little Lies casting director David Rubin on how they landed Meryl Streep for season 2," 26 June 2019 The crusade for Baby Nichole has the side-effect of uniting Fred and Serena after a rocky patch. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3, Episode 5 Recap: A Seat At The Table," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Much more interesting would be seeing superstars team up, or former teammates re-unite. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Yankees' Greatest Need, Unlikely All-Stars and Midsummer Classic Changes," 11 June 2018 Kroger sells off convenience store business for $2.15B Kroger has sold off its convenience store business unite to EG Group for approximately $2.15 billion. Kara Driscoll, ajc, "5 surprising ways Kroger is changing stores in 2018," 30 May 2018 With Rihanna co-chairing the event, expect to see at least some of the cast unite on the Met Gala carpet. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Met Gala 2018: Everything you need to know about fashion's biggest party," 4 May 2018 Maurice Zuberano was second unite supervisor, and Ridgway Callow assistant director. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Sound of Music': THR's 1965 Review," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unite

Verb

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

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unite

Verb

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

Noun

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

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unite

verb

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

unite

verb
\ 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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