Definition of combination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmbɪˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmbɪˈneɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] two or more things joined or mixed together to form a single unit His treatment was a combination of surgery, radiation and drugs. What an unusual combination of flavours! Technology and good management. That's a winning combination (= one that will certainly be successful). Many course combinations are possible.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the act of joining or mixing together two or more things to form a single unit The firm is working on a new product in combination with several overseas partners. These paints can be used individually or in combination.
  3. 3[countable] a series of numbers or letters used to open a combination lock I can't remember the combination.
  4. 4 combinations (British English) [plural] a piece of underwear covering the body and legs, worn in the past
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin combinatio(n-), from the verb combinare ‘join two by two’, from com- ‘together’ + Latin bini ‘two together’.Extra examples High debt and low earnings are a lethal combination. The band played with a winning combination of gusto and precision. The materials can be used singly or in combination. a delicious combination of flavours a delicious combination of herbs and spices an unusual colour combination Many class combinations are possible. Technology and good management: a winning combination.
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