uni·​fy | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce unify (audio) \
unified; unifying

Definition of unify

transitive verb

: to make into a unit or a coherent whole : unite

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from unify

unifiable \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce unify (audio) \ adjective
unifier \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce unify (audio) \ noun

Examples of unify in a Sentence

The creation of the national railroad system unified the country. two very different people unified by a common belief
Recent Examples on the Web If Democrats -- particularly those who are skittish about the political repercussions of enacting such sweeping changes to the role of government in the US economy -- can't unify now, they will likely be left with nothing. Kevin Liptak, Jeff Zeleny And Phil Mattingly, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 Luna said the struggle to unify behind one candidate could be a long-term problem for the Republican party. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 Use your three keys—purpose, values and story—to anchor and unify all of your communications. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Thursday’s integration talks saw Putin and Lukashenko agree to take steps to unify or harmonize 28 program areas, including customs, agricultural policy, energy markets, monetary policy and others. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 The report failed to unify potential readers against the relevant foe. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 18 Aug. 2021 Giple, 36, plans to use his life experience, along with his knowledge of the way laws and urban planning have historically been used to divide people, to reverse the trend and unify the city. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Aug. 2021 Greg Hand, president of Westwood Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (WestCURC), said this forum is a significant step to unify the community. Rachel Smith, The Enquirer, 3 July 2021 Trustees called Hinton a transformational leader, praising him and his team for breaking down silos in Baylor’s far-flung operation and helping unify employees around a shared vision of commitment to patients and communities. Dallas News, 30 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unify.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unify

1502, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unify

Late Latin unificare, from Latin uni- + -ficare -fy

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About unify

Dictionary Entries Near unify

uniform system



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unify

Last Updated

20 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Unify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unify. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unify



English Language Learners Definition of unify

: to cause (people or things) to be joined or brought together : unite


uni·​fy | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce unify (audio) \
unified; unifying

Kids Definition of unify

: to bring or come together into or as if into a single unit or group : unite The people were unified by a common belief.

More from Merriam-Webster on unify

Nglish: Translation of unify for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of unify for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!