Meaning of “combination” in the English Dictionary

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"combination" in British English

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combinationnoun

uk /ˌkɒm.bɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑːm.bəˈneɪ.ʃən/

B2 [ C or U ] the mixture you get when two or more things are combined:

Strawberries and cream - a perfect combination.
A combination of tiredness and boredom caused me to fall asleep.
This drug can be safely used in combination with other medicines.
Her experience and energy are a winning combination (= a successful mixture) in business.

[ C ] an arrangement in a particular order:

From the letters X Y Z, we can get three combinations of two letters: XY, XZ, and YZ.

[ C ] a set of letters or numbers in a particular order that can be used to open some types of locks:

a combination lock

More examples

  • Champagne and caviar make a wonderful combination.
  • The school uses a combination of modern and traditional methods for teaching reading.
  • She wears the most hideous colour combinations you could ever imagine.
  • The bride's mother was wearing a horrible combination of green and yellow.
  • That combination of tiredness and alcohol is extremely dangerous.

(Definition of “combination” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"combination" in American English

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combinationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌkɑm·bəˈneɪ·ʃən/

a mixture obtained when two or more things are combined:

[ C ] Green is a combination of blue and yellow.
[ C ] A combination of tiredness and boredom made me doze off in class.
We'll be working in combination with (= together with) two other departments on this project.

(Definition of “combination” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"combination" in Business English

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combinationnoun

uk /ˌkɒmbɪˈneɪʃən/ us

[ C or U ] a result of two or more things joining together:

a combination of sth and sth A combination of economic slowdown and tax cuts is having a drastic effect on public finances.
New technologies work particularly well when they are used in combination with traditional classroom learning.

(Definition of “combination” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)