see also: Combine
  • Verb
  • enPR kəm-bīn', IPA: /kəmˈbaɪn/
  • Noun
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɒm.baɪn/
  • (America) enPR käm'bīn, IPA: /ˈkɑm.baɪn/

combine (combines, present participle combining; past and past participle combined)

  1. (transitive) To bring (two or more things or activities) together; to unite.
    Combine the milk and the hot water in a large bowl.   I'm combining business and pleasure on this trip.
  2. (transitive) To have two or more things or properties that function together.
    Joe combines the intelligence of a rock with the honesty of a politician.
  3. (intransitive) To come together; to unite.
    two substances that easily combine
    • You with your foes combine, / And seem your own destruction to design.
    • 1805, Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel:
      So sweet did harp and voice combine.
  4. (card games) In the game of casino, to play a card which will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips equals those of the card played.
  5. (obsolete) To bind; to hold by a moral tie.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      I am combined by a sacred vow.
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combine (plural combines)

  1. A combine harvester
    We can't finish harvesting because our combine is stuck in the mud.''
    • 1976, The Wurzels, I Am A Cider Drinker
      When those combine wheels stops turnin'
      And the hard days work is done
      Theres a pub around the corner
      It's the place we 'ave our fun
  2. A combination
    1. Especially, a joint enterprise of whatever legal form for a purpose of business or in any way promoting the interests of the participants, sometimes with monopolistic intentions.
      The telecom companies were accused of having formed an illegal combine in order to hike up the network charges.
    2. An industrial conglomeration in a socialist country, particularly in the former Soviet bloc.
    3. (art) An artwork falling between painting and sculpture, having objects embedded into a painted surface.
  • (socialist industrial conglomeration) kombinat
  • Russian: комбина́т

  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɒm.baɪn/
Proper noun
  1. (colloquial) London Underground

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