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combine

[verb kuh m-bahyn for 1, 2, 6, kom-bahyn for 3, 7; noun kom-bahyn, kuh m-bahyn for 8, 9, kom-bahyn for 10]
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verb (used with object), com·bined, com·bin·ing.
  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), com·bined, com·bin·ing.
  1. to unite; coalesce: The clay combined with the water to form a thick paste.
  2. to unite for a common purpose; join forces: After the two factions combined, they proved invincible.
  3. to enter into chemical union.
  4. to use a combine in harvesting.
noun
  1. a combination.
  2. a combination of persons or groups for the furtherance of their political, commercial, or other interests, as a syndicate, cartel, or trust.
  3. a harvesting machine for cutting and threshing grain in the field.

Origin of combine

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 formscom·bin·er, nounin·ter·com·bine, verb (used with object), in·ter·com·bined, in·ter·com·bin·ing.non·com·bin·ing, adjectivepre·com·bine, verb, pre·com·bined, pre·com·bin·ing.re·com·bine, verb, re·com·bined, re·com·bin·ing.re·com·bin·er, nounun·com·bin·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. compound, amalgamate. See mix. 9. merger, monopoly, alignment, bloc.

Antonyms

1, 4. separate.
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  • It is individual ardour alone that can combine into larger flame.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • If we are going to combat the 'yellow peril' we must combine against it.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • He changed his mind and decided to combine safaris with the Leopard Woman.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • But some day the classes must combine to make a stand against the masses.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Can you think of any other method that will combine duplicity with a clear conscience?


British Dictionary definitions for combine

combine

verb (kəmˈbaɪn)
  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
noun (ˈkɒmbaɪn)
  1. agriculture short for combine harvester
  2. an association of enterprises, esp in order to gain a monopoly of a market
  3. an association of business corporations, political parties, sporting clubs, etc, for a common purpose
Derived Formscombinable, adjectivecombinability, nouncombiner, 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 combine

v.

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.

n.

"machine that cuts, threshes and cleans grain" (short for combine harvester), 1857, from combine (v.).

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