Definition of combine verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    combine

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    verb
    BrE BrE//kəmˈbaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈbaɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they combine
    BrE BrE//kəmˈbaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈbaɪn//
     
    he / she / it combines
    BrE BrE//kəmˈbaɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈbaɪnz//
     
    past simple combined
    BrE BrE//kəmˈbaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈbaɪnd//
     
    past participle combined
    BrE BrE//kəmˈbaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈbaɪnd//
     
    -ing form combining
    BrE BrE//kəmˈbaɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈbaɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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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 scanner. 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. It took the combined efforts of both the press and the public to bring about a change in the law.
  5. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Old French combiner or late Latin combinare ‘join two by two’, from com- ‘together’ + Latin bini ‘two together’.Extra examples She successfully combines her career with family life. The illustrations combine well with the text. to combine against a common enemy Combine the eggs with a little flour and heat the mixture gently. The other room was a kitchen and dining room combined. This model combines a telephone and a fax machine. We are looking for someone who combines all the necessary qualities.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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