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.

Definitions of combine
  1. verb
    put or add together
    combine resources”
    synonyms: compound
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    totalise, totalize
    make into a total
    to combine or put together again
    combine (electronic signals)
    synthesise, synthesize
    combine so as to form a more complex product
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    make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of
  2. verb
    add together from different sources
    combine resources”
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    chip in, contribute, give, kick in
    contribute to some cause
  3. verb
    combine so as to form a whole; mix
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    incorporate, integrate
    make into a whole or make part of a whole
    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
    combine with carbon
    incorporate a food ingredient into a mixture by repeatedly turning it over without stirring or beating
    integrate again
    build in
    make something an integral part of something else
    incorporate again or anew
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    amalgamate, commix, mingle, mix, unify
    bring or combine together or with something else
  4. verb
    gather in a mass, sum, or whole
    synonyms: aggregate
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    unitise, unitize
    make into a unit
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    amalgamate, commix, mingle, mix, unify
    bring or combine together or with something else
  5. verb
    mix together different elements
    synonyms: blend, coalesce, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
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    mix in specific proportions
    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)
    grow together (of plants and organs)
    unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds
    mix or blend
    make an alloy of
    syncretise, syncretize
    become fused
    cut in
    mix in with cutting motions
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    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  6. verb
    have or possess in combination
    synonyms: unite
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  7. verb
    join for a common purpose or in a common action
    “These forces combined with others”
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    form or constitute a cumulative effect
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    act together or towards others or with others
  8. noun
    an occurrence that results in things being united
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    (genetics) a combining of genes or characters different from what they were in the parents
    (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
    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
    an occurrence of an unusual mixture
    an occurrence of thorough mixing
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    the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts
  9. noun
    harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field
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    harvester, reaper
    farm machine that gathers a food crop from the fields
  10. noun
    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
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    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
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    consortium, pool, syndicate
    an association of companies for some definite purpose
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