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[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.
Origin of combine
late Middle English
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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Examples from the Web for recombine
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  • If time is given, these ions meet and recombine, their charges are neutralized, and there is no current.

    A Brief Account of Radio-activity Francis Preston Venable
  • These ions will recombine and neutralize their charges if the opportunity is given.

    A Brief Account of Radio-activity Francis Preston Venable
  • Whether they recombine in the furnace of the steam-engine or in the animal body, the origin of the power they produce is the same.

  • I can do no more than give the features; the reader must recombine them in his own mind.

  • The atoms are thus enabled to recombine, and when they do so they restore the precise amount of heat consumed in their separation.

  • In any of these cases families once widely dispersed are not likely again to recombine.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • Since our task is to discover their connections and to recombine them, for us at the time they are partial.

  • The atoms may recombine, or join with others, but never form anew that same man.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • It is the sun that separates the carbon from the oxygen of the carbonic acid, and thus enables them to recombine.

  • It creates nothing, but it may enlarge, diminish or recombine ideas with an infinity of form.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
British Dictionary definitions for recombine


to join together again


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 recombine

1630s, from re- + combine (v.). Related: Recombined; recombining.



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recombine in Medicine

recombine re·com·bine (rē'kəm-bīn')
v. re·com·bined, re·com·bin·ing, re·com·bines
To undergo or cause genetic recombination; form new combinations.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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