Definition of unite in English:



  • 1Come or bring together for a common purpose or action.

    [no object] ‘he called on the party to unite’
    [with object] ‘they are united by their love of cars’
    • ‘The free event is aimed at uniting communities and to re-build confidence and hope in the city's future.’
    • ‘These, they saw, provided the basis for setting up organisations that would unite the whole working class, first of all in Turin, and than across Italy.’
    • ‘News of her pregnancy unites them again after the marriage seemed to be over, but a later tragedy shatters his confidence, and his world begins to unravel.’
    • ‘In fact, unless I miss my guess, five of the seven are united in whole or part by a single topic: tort reform.’
    • ‘I also aim to unite people together in trying to secure a living allowance for all students.’
    • ‘The whole community unites in extending congratulations to this very popular couple.’
    • ‘Three hugely significant events were being commemorated and the whole community united in many ways to celebrate them.’
    • ‘I think it also showed New Yorkers that the whole United States united behind New York.’
    • ‘The president said at the opening of the conference that whatever policy was passed, the whole union should unite around it.’
    • ‘It also split rather than united the whole population, making the families withdraw into their ethnic groups.’
    • ‘By the time order was restored, it was clear that the whole family were united in boredom.’
    • ‘In recent centuries the world has become a globalized whole, united by the capitalist economic system.’
    • ‘The question is, how are they to unite the whole people around a programme of land reform instituted only in Caroni?’
    • ‘It is absolutely wonderful, like the rebirth of the church, and the whole community united for a champagne celebration at Christmas.’
    • ‘The whole of the conference united against the government's plan for foundation hospitals.’
    • ‘Holding such an historic event here would be seen as a gesture to unite the whole country, one which would bring the monarchy back to the people - all the people.’
    • ‘The whole world must unite to fight terror, no doubt about it, in all forms.’
    • ‘I could never understand why religions tended to divide rather than unite and here was an orientation to religion that was uniting the whole world.’
    • ‘We are determined and our whole nation is united very strongly against terrorism.’
    • ‘The whole community united in support and some awe of the young Frenchman.’
    join together, join forces, combine, associate, band together, club together, ally, cooperate, collaborate, work together, act together, pull together, get together, team up, go into partnership, work side by side, pool resources
    unify, join, link, connect, combine, amalgamate, fuse, integrate, weld, bond, stick together, bring together, knit together
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    1. 1.1Come or bring together to form a whole.
      [no object] ‘the two Germanys officially united’
      [with object] ‘his work unites theory and practice’
      • ‘The new creature is the fruit of a spiritual marriage uniting the activity of the artist to the passivity of a given matter.’
      • ‘As such, it is the critical aspect of making art, the linchpin that unites theory with practice and conjoins the intellect and the hand.’
      • ‘His father, Vincenzio Galilei, was a musician whose originality and polemic talents fomented a revolution uniting practice and theory in music much as Galileo was to unite them in science.’
      • ‘The Gorgonzola united the whole dish without making it too overpoweringly ‘blue’.’
      • ‘Clearly, reading, as well as revolution, is the intertextual glue that unites these three novels.’
      • ‘There is nothing to suggest that in the spring of 1860 Cavour envisaged uniting the whole peninsula of Italy.’
      • ‘The actress added how mutual cooperation made them unite into one whole being and stop thinking about who is a better partner.’
      • ‘What Newton did to simplify the planetary motions must now be done to unite in one whole the various isolated theories of mathematical physics.’
      • ‘The Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once made a tentative suggestion that a theory uniting quantum mechanics and relativity might lead to an objective state reduction, and others have taken up and built on this idea.’
      • ‘Each facet is like a puzzle piece - gather them together, unite them and the whole picture begins to emerge.’
      • ‘Hence he now tries to show how united the whole Torah is and attempts to relate it to life.’
      • ‘Kublai Khan united the whole of China in 1279 and the Yuan dynasty came to power.’
      • ‘In them the cycle of birth, life and death is united into a whole.’
      • ‘After all, it's the only federation in the world that unites a whole continent.’
      • ‘For some, bourgeois marriage, by uniting procreation, sexuality, love, and a legal contract, functions as a moral legitimation of the political and social subordination of women.’
      • ‘With the marriage both kingdoms were united, but there were some who disliked the marriage.’
      • ‘Another theory, supersymmetry, unites the building blocks - the quarks and the leptons - with the force carriers.’
      • ‘He unites them in marriage in a mass ceremony in a stadium.’
      • ‘Well, by adding this essay, the problem and the answer are united in a comprehensive whole.’
      • ‘Many theoreticians and practitioners adopt the biopsychosocial perspective, as it unites methods and theory more clearly than the concept of ‘eclectic’.’
    2. 1.2archaic [with object]Join in marriage.
      ‘Lady Midlothian united herself to a man of bad character’
      • ‘The marriage official returned the license to the clerk after certifying that he had performed a marriage ceremony uniting the couple named in the license.’
      • ‘Like many rulers, she used marriage as a means to create and cement alliances, uniting her daughter Henrietta Maria and Charles I of England, for example.’


Late Middle English: from Latin unit- joined together, from the verb unire, from unus one.