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combine

[v. kuhm-bahyn for 1, 2, 6, kom-bahyn for 3, 7; n. kom-bahyn, kuhm-bahyn for 8, 9, kom-bahyn 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
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:
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)

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.
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combine
 
vb
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
 
n
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
 
[C15: from Late Latin combīnāre, from Latin com- together + bīnī two by two]
 
com'binable
 
adj
 
combina'bility
 
n
 
com'biner
 
n

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combine
c.1440, from M.Fr. combiner, from L.L. combinare "to unite, yoke together," from L. com- "together" + bini "two by two," adv. from bi- "twice." Combine "machine that cuts, threshes and cleans grain" (short for combine harvester) first attested 1857.
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