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combine

[v. kuh m-bahyn for 1, 2, 6, kom-bahyn for 3, 7; n. kom-bahyn, kuh m-bahyn for 8, 9, kom-bahyn for 10] /v. kəmˈbaɪn for 1, 2, 6, ˈkɒm baɪn for 3, 7; n. ˈkɒm baɪn, kəmˈbaɪn for 8, 9, ˈkɒm baɪn for 10/
verb (used with object), combined, combining.
1.
to bring into or join in a close union or whole; unite:
She combined the ingredients to make the cake. They combined the two companies.
2.
to possess or exhibit in union:
a plan that combines the best features of several other plans.
3.
to harvest (grain) with a combine.
verb (used without object), combined, combining.
4.
to unite; coalesce:
The clay combined with the water to form a thick paste.
5.
to unite for a common purpose; join forces:
After the two factions combined, they proved invincible.
6.
to enter into chemical union.
7.
to use a combine in harvesting.
noun
8.
9.
a combination of persons or groups for the furtherance of their political, commercial, or other interests, as a syndicate, cartel, or trust.
10.
a harvesting machine for cutting and threshing grain in the field.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English combinen (< Middle French combiner) < Late Latin combīnāre, equivalent to com- com- + -bīnāre, verbal derivative of bīnī by twos (cf. binary)
Related forms
combiner, noun
intercombine, verb (used with object), intercombined, intercombining.
noncombining, adjective
precombine, verb, precombined, precombining.
recombine, verb, recombined, recombining.
recombiner, noun
uncombining, adjective
Synonyms
1. compound, amalgamate. See mix. 9. merger, monopoly, alignment, bloc.
Antonyms
1, 4. separate.
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Examples for combine
  • Most big issues combine both elements, in unequal amounts.
  • The ability of the zillions of nerve cells in a brain to combine their efforts has puzzled researchers for decades.
  • Traveling for your health can combine feeling good with great destinations.
  • It is always so fascinating when art and science combine.
  • These collaborations succeed because they combine complementary elements.
  • We also combine all three types in a medley with leeks, mint, and cream.
  • When strong salaries combine with low costs, professors can live the good life.
  • Leading indicators that combine several economic and financial measures seem more promising.
  • Fire tornadoes occur when intense heat causes air to rise and combine with whirling eddies of air.
  • Art and neuroscience combine to create fascinating examples of illusory motion.
British Dictionary definitions for combine

combine

verb (kəmˈbaɪn)
1.
to integrate or cause to be integrated; join together
2.
to unite or cause to unite to form a chemical compound
3.
(agriculture) to harvest (crops) with a combine harvester
noun (ˈkɒmbaɪn)
4.
(agriculture) short for combine harvester
5.
an association of enterprises, esp in order to gain a monopoly of a market
6.
an association of business corporations, political parties, sporting clubs, etc, for a common purpose
Derived Forms
combinable, adjective
combinability, noun
combiner, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin combīnāre, from Latin com- together + bīnī two by two
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Word Origin and History for combine
v.

early 15c., from Middle French combiner (14c.), from Late Latin combinare "to unite, yoke together," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + bini "two by two," adverb from bi- "twice" (see binary). Related: Combinative; combined; combining.

n.

"machine that cuts, threshes and cleans grain" (short for combine harvester), 1857, from combine (v.).

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