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[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.
  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.
  3. to harvest (grain) with a combine.
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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.
  3. to enter into chemical union.
  4. to use a combine in harvesting.
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  1. a combination.
  2. a combination of persons or groups for the furtherance of their political, commercial, or other interests, as a syndicate, cartel, or trust.
  3. a harvesting machine for cutting and threshing grain in the field.
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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)
Related formscom·bin·er, nounin·ter·com·bine, verb (used with object), in·ter·com·bined, in·ter·com·bin·ing.non·com·bin·ing, adjectivepre·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, nounun·com·bin·ing, adjective


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


1, 4. separate.
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Examples from the Web for recombine

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for recombine


  1. to join together again
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verb (kəmˈbaɪn)
  1. to integrate or cause to be integrated; join together
  2. to unite or cause to unite to form a chemical compound
  3. agriculture to harvest (crops) with a combine harvester
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noun (ˈkɒmbaɪn)
  1. agriculture short for combine harvester
  2. an association of enterprises, esp in order to gain a monopoly of a market
  3. an association of business corporations, political parties, sporting clubs, etc, for a common purpose
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Derived Formscombinable, adjectivecombinability, nouncombiner, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin combīnāre, from Latin com- together + bīnī two by two
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Word Origin and History for recombine


1630s, from re- + combine (v.). Related: Recombined; recombining.

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early 15c., from Middle French combiner (14c.), from Late Latin combinare "to unite, yoke together," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + bini "two by two," adverb from bi- "twice" (see binary). Related: Combinative; combined; combining.

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"machine that cuts, threshes and cleans grain" (short for combine harvester), 1857, from combine (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

recombine in Medicine


  1. To undergo or cause genetic recombination; form new combinations.
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