[kuh m-bahynd]


made by combining; joined; united, as in a chemical compound.
taken as a whole or considered together; in the aggregate: outselling all other brands combined.

Nearby words

  1. combinatorial topology,
  2. combinatorics,
  3. combinatory,
  4. combine,
  5. combine harvester,
  6. combined fat and carbohydrate-induced hyperlipemia,
  7. combined glaucoma,
  8. combined immunodeficiency,
  9. combined operations,
  10. combined pregnancy

Origin of combined

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at combine, -ed2

Related forms


[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 (used with object), com·bined, com·bin·ing.

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.

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

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.


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

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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for combined


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 Formscombinable, adjectivecombinability, nouncombiner, noun

Word Origin for combine

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

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