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1 to come together to form a single unit
  • using the microscope, we watched the water droplets unite into a single pool

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2 to bring (something) to a central point or under a single control
  • united several teams under the reorganization plan

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3 to form or enter into an association that furthers the interests of its members
  • parents united to reform the school's curriculum

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4 to participate or assist in a joint effort to accomplish an end
  • only if private investors and public officials unite for the common good, will this city experience an economic revival

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How does the verb unite differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of unite are associate, combine, connect, join, link, and relate. While all these words mean "to bring or come together into some manner of union," unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity.

the colonies united to form a republic

When could associate be used to replace unite?

Although the words associate and unite have much in common, associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation.

opera is popularly associated with high society

Where would combine be a reasonable alternative to unite?

While the synonyms combine and unite are close in meaning, combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit.

combined jazz and rock to create a new music

When would connect be a good substitute for unite?

In some situations, the words connect and unite are roughly equivalent. However, connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity.

a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations

When is it sensible to use join instead of unite?

The words join and unite can be used in similar contexts, but join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness.

joined forces in an effort to win

When can link be used instead of unite?

The meanings of link and unite largely overlap; however, link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity.

a name forever linked with liberty

When might relate be a better fit than unite?

The synonyms relate and unite are sometimes interchangeable, but relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection.

related what he observed to what he already knew

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The first known use of unite was in the 15th century

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“Unite.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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