combine[kəm bīn′; for n. & v.3, käm′bīn′]
Salt and pepper have been combined in this spoon.
- When you mix salt and pepper, this is an example of a situation where you combine salt and pepper.
- When you join with someone else who believes in the same thing you do, this is an example of a situation where you combine your efforts.
intransitive verbcombined, combining
- to come or bring into union; act or mix together; unite; join
- to unite to form a chemical compound
Origin of combine< combine to harvest and thresh with a combine
Origin of combineMiddle English combinen ; from Old French combiner ; from Late Latin combinare, to unite ; from Classical Latin com-, together + bini, two by two ; from base of bis: see bi-
- ☆ a machine for harvesting and threshing grain
- an association of persons, corporations, etc. for commercial or political, sometimes unethical, purposes
verbcom·bined, com·bin·ing, com·bines
- To bring into a state of unity; make united: combined the ingredients in a bowl; combined the eggs and flour.
- To join (two or more substances) to make a single substance, such as a chemical compound; mix.
- To have, exhibit, or involve in combination: The choreography combines artistry and athletics.
- To harvest (a grain crop) using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine.
- To become united: factors that combined to produce a storm.
- To join together for a common purpose. See Synonyms at join.
- Chemistry To form a compound.
- To harvest a grain crop using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine.
- A power-operated harvesting machine that cuts, threshes, and cleans grain.
- An association of people or groups united for the furtherance of political or commercial interests.
- A combination.
Origin of combineMiddle English combinen, from Old French combiner, from Late Latin combīnāre : Latin com-, com- + bīnī, two by two; see dwo- in Indo-European roots.
- (colloquial) London Underground
From combine, referring to the merger and purchase of various underground railway, tram and bus companies in London, combining them into one organisation. Originally applied to Underground Electric Railways of London Company Ltd, since used for successor organisations.