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combine

verb uk   /kəmˈbaɪn/ us  
B2 [I or T] to (cause to) exist together, or join together to make a single thing or group: None of us has much money so let's combine what we've got. Sickness, combined with (= together with) terrible weather, contrived to ruin the trip. The two countries combined against their common enemy. [+ to infinitive] These normally harmless substances combine to form a highly poisonous gas. [T] If someone combines two or more qualities, they have both of those qualities: As a writer, he combined wit and/with passion. [T] to do two activities at the same time: She manages to successfully combine family life and/with a career.

combine

noun uk   /ˈkɒm.baɪn/ us    /ˈkɑːm-/

combine noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a group of people or organizations acting together in business: a Japanese industrial combine

combine noun (MACHINE)

[C] (also combine harvester) a large farming machine that cuts the plant, separates the seed from the stem, and cleans the grain as it moves across a field
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