What does combine mean?

Definitions for combine
kəmˈbaɪn for 1, 2, 6 , ˈkɒm baɪn for 3, 7 ; n. ˈkɒm baɪncom·bine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. combinenoun

    harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field

  2. trust, corporate trust, combine, cartelnoun

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

    "they set up the trust in the hope of gaining a monopoly"

  3. combining, combineverb

    an occurrence that results in things being united

  4. unite, combineverb

    have or possess in combination

    "she unites charm with a good business sense"

  5. compound, combineverb

    put or add together

    "combine resources"

  6. compound, combineverb

    combine so as to form a whole; mix

    "compound the ingredients"

  7. combineverb

    add together from different sources

    "combine resources"

  8. combineverb

    join for a common purpose or in a common action

    "These forces combined with others"

  9. aggregate, combineverb

    gather in a mass, sum, or whole

  10. blend, flux, mix, conflate, commingle, immix, fuse, coalesce, meld, combine, mergeverb

    mix together different elements

    "The colors blend well"


  1. combinenoun

    A combine harvester

    We can't finish harvesting because our combine is stuck in the mud.

  2. combinenoun

    A concern, consortium or syndicate.

  3. combineverb

    to bring (two or more things or activities) together; to unite

  4. combineverb

    to have two or more things or properties that function together

  5. Combinenoun

    London Underground

  6. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To COMBINEverb

    Etymology: combiner, Fr. binos jungere.

    Let us not then suspect our happy state,
    As not secure to single or combin’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    God, the best maker of all marriages,
    Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    My heart’s dear love is set on his fair daughter;
    As mine on her’s, so her’s is set on mine,
    And all combin’d, save what thou must combine
    By holy marriage. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

  2. To Combineverb

    Honour and policy, like unsever’d friends
    I’ th’ war, do grow together: grant that, and tell me
    In peace what each of them by th’ other loses,
    That they combine not there? William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Combine together ’gainst the enemy;
    For these domestick and particular broils
    Are not the question here. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    You with your foes combine,
    And seem your own destruction to design. John Dryden, Aurengz.



    COMBINE, the COmputational Modeling in BIology NEtwork, is an initiative to coordinate the development of the various community standards and formats for computational models, initially in systems biology and related fields.


  1. combine

    To merge or bring together two or more elements, pieces, or substances into one entity; often in such a way that the individual components interact or work together effectively. This could refer to anything from physical objects, ideas, pieces of data, sets of skills, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Combineverb

    to unite or join; to link closely together; to bring into harmonious union; to cause or unite so as to form a homogeneous substance, as by chemical union

  2. Combineverb

    to bind; to hold by a moral tie

  3. Combineverb

    to form a union; to agree; to coalesce; to confederate

  4. Combineverb

    to unite by affinity or natural attraction; as, two substances, which will not combine of themselves, may be made to combine by the intervention of a third

  5. Combineverb

    in the game of casino, to play a card which will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips equals those of the card played

  6. Etymology: [LL. combinare, combinatum; L. com- + binus, pl. bini, two and two, double: cf. F. combiner. See Binary.]


  1. Combine

    The Combine is a multidimensional empire, which serves as the primary antagonistic force in the Half-Life video game series, developed by Valve Corporation. The Combine consist of alien, synthetic, and human elements, and dominate Earth. They are regularly encountered throughout Half-Life 2 and its episodic expansions as hostile non-player characters as the player progresses through the games in an effort to overthrow the Combine occupation of Earth. The Combine are frequently shown as harsh rulers over the citizens of Earth, suppressing dissent with brutality, policing using violence and using invasive surgery to transform humans into either soldiers or slaves. Throughout the games, the player primarily battles with transformed humans as well as synthetic and mechanical enemies that are the product of Combine technology. The atmosphere generated by the dystopian Combine state has been praised by reviewers, although the artificial intelligence of the transhuman Combine characters was thought to be inferior to that of other characters in Half-Life 2. In addition to their role within the Half-Life series, the Combine have been adapted for machinima productions and one Combine character type has been made into plush toys by Valve.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Combine

    kom-bīn′, v.t. to join two together: to unite intimately.—v.i. to come into close union: to co-operate: (chem.) to unite and form a new compound.—n. a trading syndicate, a trust.—adj. Com′binate, combined: betrothed.—ns. Combinā′tion, the act of combining: union of individual things: persons united for a purpose; Combinā′tion-room, the college-parlour at Cambridge, for the fellows of a college after dinner, a common-room.—n.pl. Combinā′tions, a women's and children's garment consisting of chemise and drawers combined.—adjs. Com′binātive; Combī′natory; Combined′; Combin′ing. [L. combināre, to join—com, together, and bini, two and two.]

Editors Contribution

  1. combine

    To blend.

    A wedding combines two people and their families fir life.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

  2. combine

    To unite.

    They did combine love, understanding, peace and joy to create harmony.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Combine

    An Americanism for “Combination.” Applied in a financial or commercial sense, this term is now well understood in our own country.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'combine' in Verbs Frequency: #347

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of combine in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of combine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of combine in a Sentence

  1. Stefan Sommer:

    To combine them, to focus them and to use that leverage is what our customers expect and it is one of our priorities.

  2. Mike Gallagher:

    We're going to combine our bills together and really try to push the thing. I think that would be a complete, complete paradigm shift.

  3. Hans Kwon:

    Business is business and government is government so if you combine them together, nothing gets solved.

  4. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc:

    We see signs that work is being done on a formula to bring in other elements and combine cantons.

  5. Thomas Moore:

    If you combine this with other things known to work, they might work even better.

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