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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] /verb kəmˈbaɪn for 1, 2, 6, ˈkɒm baɪn for 3, 7; noun ˈkɒm baɪn, kəmˈbaɪn for 8, 9, ˈkɒm baɪn for 10/
verb (used with object), combined, combining.
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), combined, combining.
4.
to unite; coalesce:
The clay combined with the water to form a thick paste.
5.
to unite for a common purpose; join forces:
After the two factions combined, they proved invincible.
6.
to enter into chemical union.
7.
to use a combine in harvesting.
noun
8.
9.
a combination of persons or groups for the furtherance of their political, commercial, or other interests, as a syndicate, cartel, or trust.
10.
a harvesting machine for cutting and threshing grain in the field.
Origin of combine
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
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.

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  • 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?

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
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)
4.
(agriculture) short for combine harvester
5.
an association of enterprises, esp in order to gain a monopoly of a market
6.
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 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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