combine

[ verb kuhm-bahyn for 1, 2, 6, kom-bahyn for 3, 7; noun kom-bahyn, kuhm-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), com·bined, com·bin·ing.

verb (used without object), com·bined, com·bin·ing.

noun

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Origin of combine

1375–1425; late Middle English combinen (from Middle French combiner), from Late Latin combīnāre, equivalent to com-com- + -bīnāre, verbal derivative of bīnī “by twos” (cf. binary)

synonym study for combine

1. See mix.

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What does combine mean?

To combine means to join two or more things together into a single unit.

When things are combined, they form combinations. Less commonly, combine can also be used as a noun to refer to several different things, especially a grain harvester and an event at which athletes showcase their skills.

Example: At the draft combine, scouts are looking for a player who combines strength, agility, and intelligence in a single package.

Where does combine come from?

The first records of the word combine come from around the 1400s. It is derived from the Late Latin combīnāre, which is formed from com-, meaning “together,” and bīnī, meaning “two by two.”

Combining often involves joining two things, but it can be more than two. When you combine multiple things, the idea is to form a single thing. Chefs combine ingredients to create a dish. Elements combine to form molecules. Writers combine words to form sentences, and combine sentences to form paragraphs, and combine paragraphs to hit their word count. People can combine efforts to achieve a goal, or combine their powers to summon Captain Planet, or combine vehicles to form Voltron, or combine pop culture references to hit their word count.

Less commonly, combine can be used as a noun, in which case it is pronounced “COM-bine.” In the context of farming, a combine is a machine used to harvest grain. (It can also be used as a verb in this context, meaning “to harvest grain with a combine machine.” It is pronounced the same way as the noun.) As a noun, combine can also be used to refer to a combination or group, such as an association or organizations, though this use is uncommon. In sports, a combine is an event in which new players can showcase their talents for teams. It is especially used in the phrases draft combine and scouting combine.

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What are some other forms related to combine?

  • combination (noun)
  • combinable (adjective)
  • combinability (noun)
  • combiner (noun)
  • intercombine (noun)
  • noncombining (adjective)
  • precombine (verb)

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How is combine used in real life?

Combine can be used in countless contexts. Both abstract and tangible things can be combined.

 

 

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Which of the following words could be considered an antonym (opposite) of combine?

A. together
B. bond
C. fuse
D. separate

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British Dictionary definitions for combine

combine

verb (kəmˈbaɪn)

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

noun (ˈkɒmbaɪn)

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

Derived forms of combine

combinable, adjectivecombinability, nouncombiner, noun

Word Origin for combine

C15: from Late Latin combīnāre, from Latin com- together + bīnī two by two
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