Main definitions of combine in English

: combine1combine2

combine1

verb

  • 1Join or merge to form a single unit or substance.

    with object ‘combine the flour with the margarine and salt’
    ‘a new product which combines the benefits of a hairspray and a gel’
    no object, with infinitive ‘high tides and winds combined to bring chaos to the east coast’
    • ‘Just combine the following ingredients in a blender, purée until smooth and serve.’
    • ‘A Web service solution will often combine these technologies to achieve the desired level of security.’
    • ‘Churches now combine what were once separate betrothal and wedding ceremonies into one.’
    • ‘The buildings around The Square are very varied in architectural style but combine well to create an attractive picture.’
    • ‘Their costumes and their shadows often combine to make them one entity, like black stone.’
    • ‘Energy conservation strategies were then combined to form bundled packages for the proposed building.’
    • ‘They've all combined to form a huge black cloud that is going to taunt me all day.’
    • ‘The face underneath was an assortment of species, all combined together to make up the hideously ugly face.’
    • ‘The oxides are minerals that contain an element combined with oxygen.’
    • ‘In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour and the confectioners' sugar.’
    • ‘Because the pattern of results was similar, the data were combined for the analyses reported here.’
    • ‘The radiator and reservoir are actually a single combined unit, which appears to be made from aluminium.’
    • ‘The aim of this technology demonstration system is to build a single unit that combines sensor components with advanced signal processing and target recognition tools.’
    • ‘You can get creative by combining elements of different pictures to construct a montage.’
    • ‘For the batter, in a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.’
    • ‘The two sets of exams (6 modules in total) combine together to make your A-level grade.’
    • ‘Finally, adjacent age units that did not contain fossil specimens were combined into single age units.’
    • ‘In bowl, combine remaining flour, club soda, eggs and whisk together.’
    • ‘The last half of each run was then combined to produce an overall set of 50,000 points.’
    • ‘All the readings are then combined to form an accurate image of the swiped finger.’
    amalgamate, merge, unite, integrate, incorporate, fuse, blend, meld, mingle, coalesce, compound, alloy, homogenize, synthesize, consolidate, bind, bond, join, marry, put together, unify, pool, intermingle, mix, intermix, affiliate
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    1. 1.1Chemistry no object Unite to form a compound.
      ‘oxygen and hydrogen do not combine at room temperatures’
      ‘oxygen combines with haemoglobin’
      • ‘Sodium is a very active element that combines with oxygen at room temperature and burns with a brilliant golden-yellow flame.’
      • ‘The easiest time to remove calcium hydroxide efflorescence is before it combines with carbon dioxide.’
      • ‘The metal forms a complex in which each gold atom combines with four chloride ions; this complex is soluble in water.’
      • ‘The cytokines, in turn, cause the formation of nitric oxide that combines with superoxide to form the potent oxidant peroxynitrite, thus continuing the cycle.’
      • ‘For one, there are only a certain number of chemical elements that can combine to form chemical compounds.’
  • 2no object Unite for a common purpose.

    with infinitive ‘groups of teachers combined to tackle a variety of problems’
    • ‘All combined to create a feast of entertainment for the packed audiences who attended over both nights.’
    • ‘He outlined a vision of what the world could be like if it were freed of the curse of moral ambiguity and if the good could combine in common cause against war, terrorism, disease and famine.’
    • ‘This may not have been a classic encounter, but there were some spells of brightness for both teams which combined to make it an enjoyable game.’
    • ‘New discoveries and old hands are combining to give this team the look of determination that will eventually bring the club a flag.’
    • ‘The efforts of students, teachers and parents combined to ensure that the event was one that would be remembered for a long time to come.’
    • ‘All of these elements combine to provide an amazing selection of gaming possibilities.’
    • ‘Here was a small group of environment-friendly farmers combining to confront the forces of economic globalisation.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the basis of such unionism is rooted in the notion that as employees, workers combine together for the purposes of production and the provision of services.’
    • ‘All these factors are combining to put pressure on families to take more responsibility for their elders.’
    cooperate, collaborate, join forces, pool resources, get together, come together, join, join together, band, band together, club together, link, link up, go into partnership, unite, team up, form an alliance, form an association, league, go into league, throw in one's lot
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    1. 2.1with object Engage in simultaneously.
      ‘an ideal place to combine shopping and sightseeing’
      • ‘I paid a flying visit to Watchet this morning, hoping to combine a mini-grocery shopping trip with a bit of photography.’
      • ‘The couple plan to combine their honeymoon and a few stage shows in Dubai and in the U.S.’
      • ‘Shorthand may serve useful purposes, but when combined with short attention spans, it's foolishness bordering on fraud.’
      • ‘A visit to the supermarket could soon be combined with a workout thanks to a new shopping trolley unveiled today.’
      • ‘For many people its the ideal lifestyle, combining the perfect blend of freedom and travel with money and business.’
      • ‘He combines a sight-seeing trip to the town with a visit to Legoland.’
      • ‘Cycling is an ideal way to experience the region and can be combined with boat hire.’
      • ‘In this engagement they successfully combined civil administration wisdom and anthropology.’
      • ‘So, you're a runner and you're in London for a few days and you'd like to combine a bit of sightseeing with keeping fit.’
      • ‘Yoga can also be helpful when combined with other therapies for heart disease and high blood pressure.’
      • ‘The fashion show combined high tea and high fashion to promote the shopping mall's high-end image.’
      • ‘Couples can combine a visit to the abbey with a three-course supper at the restaurant in the visitors centre, where the Trust is promising a menu with a romantic theme.’
      • ‘And it appears to work even better when combined with other therapies.’
      • ‘Both members sing interchanging lyrics, often combining them simultaneously.’
      • ‘The steak combined the double whammy of being simultaneously tasteless and chewy, while the haggis was simply superb.’
      • ‘If you can combine good shopping and good catering in a wonderful location, then you've got a powerful recipe.’
      • ‘If one combines different crosses simultaneously but ignores the different relationships among individuals, substantial bias may result.’
      • ‘You can either go fishing, as Belinda and I did, for a couple of days, combining it as part of a longer holiday or safari in Namibia, or you can arrange a dedicated fishing trip.’
      • ‘An ideal half-day outing would combine a Saturday tour followed by a refreshing dip in the Guadalupe River.’
      • ‘One ploy that's been successful is to combine the experience of shopping with some fun and games.’

noun

  • A group of people or companies acting together for a commercial purpose.

    ‘one of the world's biggest food and personal products combines’
    • ‘Behind these - directly or indirectly - stand the interests of powerful Western combines.’
    • ‘The country's industrial combines are on a buying binge’
    • ‘Just ask the people behind the EU and NAFTA, combines created to lure investment and enhance economies of scale.’
    • ‘His sticky-out hair, slightly rumpled jacket and spectacles might mark him out as the headmaster of a provincial French high school rather than the boss of one of Europe's biggest industrial combines.’
    • ‘Technocrats in government and external aid agencies constituted a powerful combine.’
    • ‘Although there was no formal confirmation, sources in the ruling combine confirmed that there was an informal request to this effect.’
    • ‘Only 42% of the combine products carried a trademark anyway.’
    • ‘The main theme in the media business has been the transformation of relatively discrete producers of entertainment products into massive financial combines.’
    • ‘He weighed only 229 pounds at the scouting combine, but he is a well-rounded player.’
    • ‘The scouting combines are organizations to which NFL teams subscribe in order to share scouting information.’
    • ‘First a formidable cartel makes a tight combine and launches an advertisement blitz against the hapless rivals.’
    • ‘In other words, the ruling combine, by consolidating itself, was instrumental in helping its rivals close ranks.’
    • ‘The crisis today is that those who foster conflict have become more powerful than ever before, with the combine heading the Central Government.’
    • ‘The team spent a lot of time looking at offensive lineman and wideouts at the scouting combine.’
    • ‘Each year, potential draftees enter specialized training programs to prepare for the combine, college pro days, and other pre-draft workouts.’
    • ‘It and others in the ruling combine would be lapping up the tally to drive home their numerical superiority.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French combiner or late Latin combinare ‘join two by two’, from com- ‘together’ + Latin bini ‘two together’.

Pronunciation

combine

/kəmˈbʌɪn/

Main definitions of combine in English

: combine1combine2

combine2

noun

  • A combine harvester.

    • ‘I can't conceive of a world in which combine harvesters will not be necessary.’
    • ‘Spending time adjusting the combine optimally and maintaining it in top condition pays off quickly.’
    • ‘The project was set up to determine how conventional and rotary combine operation impacts grain quality.’
    • ‘A combine harvesting wheat moves forward into a stand of the golden ripeness.’
    • ‘Avoid loaded truck traffic and overloaded combines and grain wagons.’
    • ‘Grassed field borders can provide a convenient location for unloading combines into trucks or grain carts, or for turning planters and other equipment around.’
    • ‘Possibly the custom combine was not sufficiently cleaned, or maybe it was from volunteer soybeans, dropped by equipment the previous year.’
    • ‘We could spend a lot of time talking about precision adjustments for plows, tillage implements, grain drills, and combines.’
    • ‘Seeds also are spread by hay, combines, grain trucks, and in contaminated winter wheat seed.’
    • ‘Purge any leftover grains by running three to five bushels of organic grains through the combine before beginning the actual harvest of your organic crop.’
    • ‘At this time of year in France thousands of acres of sunflowers are about to be harvested by giant combines.’
    • ‘Uneven flows will indicate improper adjustments and can result in increased grain damage or combine plugging.’
    • ‘Just at the edge of Smith Center, a combine harvesting wheat throws out a storm of dust like darkness.’
    • ‘Farms expanded as the tools of production (tractors, combines, etc.) became larger allowing one person to do more work.’
    • ‘This involves stalling the entire machine while the combine is fully loaded in operation.’
    • ‘The effects of low speeds are accentuated when combines are not properly adjusted.’
    • ‘On fields with wide variability in growth and maturity, it may be advantageous to harvest it in sections, adjusting the combine to match the crop conditions in each section.’
    • ‘Soil depressions caused by combines, grain carts, and tractors are major problems some years.’
    • ‘Thoroughly clean combines and other machinery before moving from fields.’
    • ‘Iowa State engineers found that poorly adjusted combines can do far more damage than generally thought.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]British
  • Harvest (a crop) by means of a combine harvester.

    ‘he combined ten acres of linseed’
    • ‘They videotaped everything: pigs, lambs, cattle, goats, oats being combined, hay being baled.’
    • ‘It is also possible to drive perpendicular to wheat and soybean rows while combining wheat with minimal damage to soybeans provided the wheels are narrow and soybean rows are wide.’
    • ‘They are also more likely to rotate or combine crops and livestock, with the resulting manure performing the important function of replenishing soil fertility.’
    • ‘How different are the modern crops grown to be combined, for they are cut only when dead ripe.’
    • ‘When crops are combined there is less damage from insects and more efficient use of water.’

Pronunciation

combine

/ˈkɒmbʌɪn/