[ verb kuhm-bahyn for 1, 2, 6, kom-bahyn for 3, 7; noun kom-bahyn, kuhm-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.

  1. 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.

  1. to enter into chemical union.

  2. to use a combine in harvesting.

  1. a combination of persons or groups for the furtherance of their political, commercial, or other interests, as a syndicate, cartel, or trust.

  1. a harvesting machine for cutting and threshing grain in the field.

Origin of combine

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English combinen, from Middle French combiner, from Late Latin combīnāre, equivalent to com- com- + -bīnāre, verb derived from bīnī “by twos” (cf. binary)

synonym study For combine

1. See mix.

Other words for combine

Opposites for combine

Other words from combine

  • com·bin·er, noun
  • in·ter·com·bine, verb (used with object), in·ter·com·bined, in·ter·com·bin·ing.
  • non·com·bin·ing, adjective
  • pre·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, noun
  • un·com·bin·ing, adjective

Words Nearby combine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use combine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for combine


  1. to integrate or cause to be integrated; join together

  2. to unite or cause to unite to form a chemical compound

  1. agriculture to harvest (crops) with a combine harvester

  1. agriculture short for combine harvester

  2. an association of enterprises, esp in order to gain a monopoly of a market

  1. an association of business corporations, political parties, sporting clubs, etc, for a common purpose

Origin of combine

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

Derived forms of combine

  • combinable, adjective
  • combinability, noun
  • combiner, noun

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