combine

When you put things together, you combine them, creating one out of several. In some cases, the different items blend their properties and cannot be divided again, while in other cases the combined items can be picked out separately.

In Latin, the prefix com- means "together," and bīnī means "two by two." These were combined to create the word combīnāre, or "to unite." Comedian Dave Attell offers a good use of the verb combine (cum-BINE): What're the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin. Hiram Moore's combine (the noun is pronounced COM-bine) was a machine that combined reaping, binding, and threshing into one machine, saving farmers a lot of work.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: combine

1
vn
put or add together
an occurrence that results in things being united
2
n
harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field
3
n
a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: combine
1

v put or add together

combine resources”
Synonyms:
compound
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totalise, totalize
make into a total
recombine
to combine or put together again
mix
combine (electronic signals)
synthesise, synthesize
combine so as to form a more complex, product
Type of:
add
make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of

v add together from different sources

combine resources”
Type of:
chip in, contribute, give, kick in
contribute to some cause

v combine so as to form a whole; mix

Synonyms:
compound
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incorporate, integrate
make into a whole or make part of a whole
heterodyne
combine (a radio frequency wave) with a locally generated wave of a different frequency so as to produce a new frequency equal to the sum or the difference between the two
sulfurette, sulphurette
combine with sulfur
carburet
combine with carbon
fold
incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating
reintegrate
integrate again
build in
make something an integral part of something else
re-incorporate
incorporate again or anew
Type of:
amalgamate, commix, mingle, mix, unify
to bring or combine together or with something else

v gather in a mass, sum, or whole

Synonyms:
aggregate
Types:
unitise, unitize
make into a unit
Type of:
amalgamate, commix, mingle, mix, unify
to bring or combine together or with something else

v mix together different elements

Synonyms:
blend, coalesce, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
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gauge
mix in specific proportions
absorb
cause to become one with
meld, melt
lose its distinct outline or shape; blend gradually
blend in, mix in
cause (something) to be mixed with (something else)
accrete
grow together (of plants and organs)
conjugate
unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds
admix
mix or blend
alloy
make an alloy of
syncretise, syncretize
become fused
cut in
mix in with cutting motions
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v have or possess in combination

Synonyms:
unite
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v join for a common purpose or in a common action

“These forces combined with others”
Types:
summate
form or constitute a cumulative effect
Type of:
interact
act together or towards others or with others

n an occurrence that results in things being united

Synonyms:
combining
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recombination
(genetics) a combining of genes or characters different from what they were in the parents
recombination
(physics) a combining of charges or transfer of electrons in a gas that results in the neutralization of ions; important for ions arising from the passage of high-energy particles
consolidation
combining into a solid mass
mix, mixture
an event that combines things in a mixture
conglobation, conglomeration
an occurrence combining miscellaneous things into a (more or less) rounded mass
concoction
an occurrence of an unusual mixture
blend
an occurrence of thorough mixing
Type of:
union
the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts
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n harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field

Type of:
harvester, reaper
farm machine that gathers a food crop from the fields
3

n a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service

Synonyms:
cartel, corporate trust, trust
Examples:
Medellin cartel
a drug cartel in Colombia; controlled the production of cocaine from the 1970s until 1993 when the leader was killed
Cali cartel
a drug cartel that seized control of cocaine production in Colombia in 1993; adopted techniques used by terrorist organizations (small cells and sophisticated communications equipment and close ties with politicians etc.)
Types:
drug cartel
an illicit cartel formed to control the production and distribution of narcotic drugs
oil cartel
a cartel of companies or nations formed to control the production and distribution of oil
OPEC, Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries
an organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the production and sale of petroleum
Type of:
consortium, pool, syndicate
an association of companies for some definite purpose

WORD FORMS

v
put or add together
1 combine
nnn
an occurrence that results in things being united
harvester that threshes grain while moving across the field
a consortium of organizations formed to limit competition
2 combine
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