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unify

[yoo-nuh-fahy] /ˈyu nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), unified, unifying.
1.
to make or become a single unit; unite:
to unify conflicting theories; to unify a country.
Origin of unify
1495-1505
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
Synonyms
combine, merge, fuse, coalesce.
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  • Thus the Incarnation supplies the unifying principle, and in its light we catch some ray of hope on the dark problem of suffering.

    The Discipline of War John Hasloch Potter
  • The name is a memorial of the unifying power of the Christian faith.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • One of the salient characteristics of emotions is their unifying power.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • We need less of the fanatics of sectarianism and more of the unifying mind.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • In 1884 he introduced an abortive bill for unifying the municipal administration of London.

British Dictionary definitions for unifying

unify

/ˈjuːnɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
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 unifying

unify

v.

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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