- com|bine1 W2S3 [kəmˈbaın] v[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: combiner, from Late Latin combinare, from Latin com- ( COM-) + bini 'two by two']1.) [I and T]if you combine two or more different things, or if they combine, they begin to exist or work together→↑combination combine sth with sth▪ Augustine was later to combine elements of this philosophy with the teachings of Christianity.▪ Diets are most effective when combined with exercise.combine to do sth▪ A number of factors have combined to create this difficult situation.▪ Ruth hesitated, uncertain of how to combine honesty and diplomacy in her answer.combined effect/effects(=the result of two or more different things used or mixed together)▪ The combined effects of the war and the drought resulted in famine.2.) [T]to have two or more different features or qualities at the same time→↑combination combine sth with/and sth▪ Good carpet wool needs to combine softness with strength.3.) [I and T]if two or more different substances combine, or if you combine them, they mix or join together to produce a new single substance→↑combination combine to do sth▪ Different amino acids combine to form proteins.▪ Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.combine sth with sth▪ Steel is produced by combining iron with carbon.4.) [T]to do two different activities at the same timecombine sth with sth▪ Many people enjoy combining a holiday with learning a new skill.combine sth and sth▪ the problems facing women who wish to combine a career and familycombine business with pleasure(=work and enjoy yourself at the same time)5.) [I and T]if two or more groups, organizations etc combine, or if you combine them, they join or work together in order to do somethingcombine to do sth▪ Ten British and French companies combined to form the Channel Tunnel Group.▪ University zoologists and government vets are combining forces (=working together) to investigate the disease.combine 2com|bine2 [ˈkɔmbaın US ˈka:m-] n1.) also combine harvestera machine used by farmers to cut grain, separate the seeds from it, and clean it2.) a group of people, businesses etc who work together▪ The factory was sold to a British combine after the war.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.