[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]
- 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.
- to possess or exhibit in union: a plan that combines the best features of several other plans.
- to harvest (grain) with a combine.
- to unite; coalesce: The clay combined with the water to form a thick paste.
- to unite for a common purpose; join forces: After the two factions combined, they proved invincible.
- to enter into chemical union.
- to use a combine in harvesting.
Origin of combine
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1. compound, amalgamate. See mix. 9. merger, monopoly, alignment, bloc.
1, 4. separate.
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Examples from the Web for recombine
These ions will recombine and neutralize their charges if the opportunity is given.A Brief Account of Radio-activity
Francis Preston Venable
I can do no more than give the features; the reader must recombine them in his own mind.
Since our task is to discover their connections and to recombine them, for us at the time they are partial.Democracy and Education
In any of these cases families once widely dispersed are not likely again to recombine.Village Life in China
Arthur H. Smith
It seems needless to repeat or recombine them; but in one relation they have scarcely been handled with any direct purpose.Debate On Woman Suffrage In The Senate Of The United States,
Henry W. Blair, J.E. Brown, J.N. Dolph, G.G. Vest, Geo. F. Hoar.
- to join together again
- to integrate or cause to be integrated; join together
- to unite or cause to unite to form a chemical compound
- agriculture to harvest (crops) with a combine harvester
- agriculture short for combine harvester
- an association of enterprises, esp in order to gain a monopoly of a market
- an association of business corporations, political parties, sporting clubs, etc, for a common purpose
C15: from Late Latin combīnāre, from Latin com- together + bīnī two by two
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Word Origin and History for recombine
"machine that cuts, threshes and cleans grain" (short for combine harvester), 1857, from combine (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To undergo or cause genetic recombination; form new combinations.
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