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[yoo-nuh-fahy] /ˈyu nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), unified, unifying.
to make or become a single unit; unite:
to unify conflicting theories; to unify a country.
Origin of unify
1495-1505; < Late Latin ūnificāre, equivalent to Latin ūni- uni- + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
unifier, noun
nonunified, adjective
quasi-unified, adjective
reunify, verb (used with object), reunified, reunifying.
ununified, adjective
combine, merge, fuse, coalesce. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unify
  • Accessories in the same vibrant color family help unify the elements.
  • In the open floor plan, the consistent palette helps unify each space.
  • Look for designs that have a wooden frame and an upholstered seat and unify them with the same color and fabric.
  • We wanted to place the tables side by side and visually unify them as one piece.
  • They needed to unify the space somehow, but that wasn't their only challenge.
  • Not even a dogeared page to unify the mind and the hand.
  • The system helps unify networks of computers so programs can be split up and run on different machines.
  • High export revenues will make it easier to unify the exchange rate.
  • But stress has done more than articulate or unify sequences that in their own right imply a syntactic relation.
  • Each industry sector has specialized talent, but the conglomerates lack a common language or vision to unify them.
British Dictionary definitions for unify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or become one; unite
Derived Forms
unifiable, adjective
unifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin ūnificāre, from Latin ūnus one + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for unify

c.1500, "to make into one," from Middle French unifier (14c.), from Late Latin unificare "make one," from Latin uni- "one" (see uni-) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Unified; unifying. Unified (field) theory in physics is recorded from 1935.

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unify in Technology

database, product
A relational database produced by Unify Corporation.

To perform unification.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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