[ 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.


Nearby words

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

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.

1, 4. separate.

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British Dictionary definitions for recombine


/ (ˌriːkəmˈbaɪn) /


to join together again


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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Word Origin and History for recombine
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Medicine definitions for recombine


[ rē′kəm-bīn ]


To undergo or cause genetic recombination; form new combinations.

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