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[yoo-nahyt] /yuˈnaɪt/
verb (used with object), united, uniting.
to join, combine, or incorporate so as to form a single whole or unit.
to cause to adhere:
to unite two pieces of wood with glue.
to cause to be in a state of mutual sympathy, or to have a common opinion or attitude.
to have or exhibit in union or combination:
a person who unites generosity and forgiveness.
to join in marriage.
verb (used without object), united, uniting.
to become joined together or combined so as to form a single whole.
to act in concert or agreement.
to share a common opinion, attitude, etc.
to be joined by or as if by adhesion.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English uniten < Latin ūnītus, past participle of ūnīre to join together, unite, equivalent to ūn(us) one + -ītus -ite1
Related forms
unitable, uniteable, adjective
uniter, noun
nonunitable, adjective
nonuniteable, adjective
nonuniting, adjective
ununitable, adjective
ununiting, adjective
1, 2. conjoin, couple, link, yoke, amalgamate, consolidate, weld, fuse, blend, merge. See join.


[yoo-nahyt, yoo-nahyt] /ˈyu naɪt, yuˈnaɪt/
a former gold coin of England, equal to 20 shillings, issued under James I and Charles I.
1595-1605; noun use of earlier past participle of unite1, referring to union of England and Scotland Unabridged
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Examples for unite
  • The building is meant to unite aesthetics, functionality, and energy-efficiency.
  • Even with a leader elected by a majority of voters, it will be impossible to unite the country.
  • Never has a wall-a structure that divides-done so much to unite.
  • No matter where team loyalties lie, football fans unite every season for food-filled game days.
  • It's high time for greens to unite around the urgent need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • These were supposed to unite together to oppose their cold-war rivals.
  • They are not going to unite to squash something which they could each use, possibly to advantage over the other.
  • They unite to create an object that symbolizes transformation.
  • unite unruly stacks by showcasing a collection of objects of similar shape and color.
  • Academia ought to be able to unite on such a simple issues as academic integrity.
British Dictionary definitions for unite


to make or become an integrated whole or a unity; combine
to join, unify or be unified in purpose, action, beliefs, etc
to enter or cause to enter into an association or alliance
to adhere or cause to adhere; fuse
(transitive) to possess or display (qualities) in combination or at the same time he united charm with severity
(archaic) to join or become joined in marriage
Derived Forms
uniter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin ūnīre, from ūnus one


/ˈjuːnaɪt; juːˈnaɪt/
an English gold coin minted in the Stuart period, originally worth 20 shillings
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete unite joined, alluding to the union of England and Scotland (1603)
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Word Origin and History for unite
early 15c., from L. unitus, pp. of unire "to unite," from unus "one" (see one). United Kingdom is recorded from 1737. The phrase United States has been used since 1610s, originally with reference to Holland; the North American republic first so called in 1776. United Nations (1942) originally meant "the Allied nations at war with the Axis powers;" the international body (officially the United Nations Organization) was chartered in 1945. United Provinces were the seven northern provinces of the Netherlands, allied from 1579, later developing into the kingdom of Holland.
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