One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he attempts to combine comedy with more serious themes’
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
2‘groups of teachers combined to tackle a variety of problems’
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
informal gang up
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