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verb (used with object), u·nit·ed, u·nit·ing.
  1. to join, combine, or incorporate so as to form a single whole or unit.
  2. to cause to adhere: to unite two pieces of wood with glue.
  3. to cause to be in a state of mutual sympathy, or to have a common opinion or attitude.
  4. to have or exhibit in union or combination: a person who unites generosity and forgiveness.
  5. to join in marriage.
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verb (used without object), u·nit·ed, u·nit·ing.
  1. to become joined together or combined so as to form a single whole.
  2. to act in concert or agreement.
  3. to share a common opinion, attitude, etc.
  4. to be joined by or as if by adhesion.
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Origin of unite1

1400–50; late Middle English uniten < Latin ūnītus, past participle of ūnīre to join together, unite, equivalent to ūn(us) one + -ītus -ite1
Related formsu·nit·a·ble, u·nite·a·ble, adjectiveu·nit·er, nounnon·u·nit·a·ble, adjectivenon·u·nite·a·ble, adjectivenon·u·nit·ing, adjectiveun·u·nit·a·ble, adjectiveun·u·nit·ing, adjective
Can be confusedunite untie


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1, 2. conjoin, couple, link, yoke, amalgamate, consolidate, weld, fuse, blend, merge. See join.


[yoo-nahyt, yoo-nahyt]
  1. a former gold coin of England, equal to 20 shillings, issued under James I and Charles I.
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Origin of unite2

1595–1605; noun use of earlier past participle of unite1, referring to union of England and Scotland
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  1. to make or become an integrated whole or a unity; combine
  2. to join, unify or be unified in purpose, action, beliefs, etc
  3. to enter or cause to enter into an association or alliance
  4. to adhere or cause to adhere; fuse
  5. (tr) to possess or display (qualities) in combination or at the same timehe united charm with severity
  6. archaic to join or become joined in marriage
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Derived Formsuniter, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin ūnīre, from ūnus one


  1. an English gold coin minted in the Stuart period, originally worth 20 shillings
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Word Origin

C17: from obsolete unite joined, alluding to the union of England and Scotland (1603)
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Word Origin and History for unite


early 15c., from Latin unitus, past participle of unire "to unite," from unus "one" (see one). Related: United; uniting.

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