[ yoo-nahyt ]
/ yuˈnaɪt /

verb (used with object), u·nit·ed, u·nit·ing.

verb (used without object), u·nit·ed, u·nit·ing.

Nearby words

  1. unitary,
  2. unitary authority,
  3. unitary matrix,
  4. unitas,
  5. unitas, johnny,
  6. united,
  7. united arab emirates,
  8. united arab republic,
  9. united arab states,
  10. united brethren

Origin of unite

1400–50; late Middle English uniten < Latin ūnītus, past participle of ūnīre to join together, unite, equivalent to ūn(us) one + -ītus -ite1

Related forms
Can be confusedunite untie


[ yoo-nahyt, yoo-nahyt ]
/ ˈyu naɪt, yuˈnaɪt /


a former gold coin of England, equal to 20 shillings, issued under James I and Charles I.

Origin of unite

1595–1605; noun use of earlier past participle of unite1, referring to union of England and Scotland

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British Dictionary definitions for unite


/ (juːˈnaɪt) /


to make or become an integrated whole or a unity; combine
to join, unify or be unified in purpose, action, beliefs, etc
to enter or cause to enter into an association or alliance
to adhere or cause to adhere; fuse
(tr) to possess or display (qualities) in combination or at the same timehe united charm with severity
archaic to join or become joined in marriage
Derived Formsuniter, noun

Word Origin for unite

C15: from Late Latin ūnīre, from ūnus one


an English gold coin minted in the Stuart period, originally worth 20 shillings

Word Origin for unite

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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