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[kuh m-bahynd] /kəmˈbaɪnd/
made by combining; joined; united, as in a chemical compound.
taken as a whole or considered together; in the aggregate:
outselling all other brands combined.
Origin of combined
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see combine, -ed2
Related forms
[kuh m-bahynd-lee, -bahy-nid-] /kəmˈbaɪnd li, -ˈbaɪ nɪd-/ (Show IPA),
combinedness, noun
semicombined, adjective
uncombined, adjective
well-combined, adjective


[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.
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.
to possess or exhibit in union:
a plan that combines the best features of several other plans.
to harvest (grain) with a combine.
verb (used without object), combined, combining.
to unite; coalesce:
The clay combined with the water to form a thick paste.
to unite for a common purpose; join forces:
After the two factions combined, they proved invincible.
to enter into chemical union.
to use a combine in harvesting.
a combination of persons or groups for the furtherance of their political, commercial, or other interests, as a syndicate, cartel, or trust.
a harvesting machine for cutting and threshing grain in the field.
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
1. compound, amalgamate. See mix. 9. merger, monopoly, alignment, bloc.
1, 4. separate. Unabridged
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  • Plastic siphoning, again combined with the funnel, works even better than a baster.
  • And two or more polymers can be combined to produce an alloy, or blend, that displays characteristics of each component.
  • The gases combined with water in the atmosphere to produce acid rain, destroying crops and killing livestock.
  • They combined these findings with information on elevation, slope of the land and forest cover.
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  • The only surgeon was one who combined the occasional exercise of that noble art with the daily and habitual flourish of a razor.
British Dictionary definitions for combined


verb (kəmˈbaɪn)
to integrate or cause to be integrated; join together
to unite or cause to unite to form a chemical compound
(agriculture) to harvest (crops) with a combine harvester
noun (ˈkɒmbaɪn)
(agriculture) short for combine harvester
an association of enterprises, esp in order to gain a monopoly of a market
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 combined



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.


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

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