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Definition of combine verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//kəmˈbaɪn//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they combine
    he / she / it combines
    past simple combined
    -ing form combining
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to come together to form a single thing or group; to join two or more things or groups together to form a single one Hydrogen and oxygen combine to form water. combine with something Hydrogen combines with oxygen to form water. combine to do something Several factors had combined to ruin our plans. combine something Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. combine something with something Combine the eggs with a little flour. combine A and B (together) Combine the eggs and the flour. The German team scored a combined total of 652 points.
  2. 2[transitive] to have two or more different features or characteristics; to put two or more different things, features, or qualities together combine something We are still looking for someone who combines all the necessary qualities. combine A and/with B The hotel combines comfort with convenience. This model combines a printer and fax machine. They have successfully combined the old with the new in this room. a kitchen and dining room combined
  3. 3[transitive] combine A and/with B to do two or more things at the same time The trip will combine business with pleasure. She has successfully combined a career and bringing up a family.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] to come together in order to work or act together; to put two things or groups together so that they work or act together They combined against a common enemy. combine something (with something) the combined effects of the two drugs You should try to combine exercise with a healthy diet.
  5. Idioms
    join/combine forces (with somebody)
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    to work together in order to achieve a shared aim The two firms joined forces to win the contract.
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