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combineverb

uk   /kəmˈbaɪn/ us   /kəmˈbaɪn/
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.

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combinenoun

uk   /ˈkɒm.baɪn/ us   /ˈkɑːm.baɪn/
(Definition of combine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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combineverb [I/T]

us   /kəmˈbɑɪn/
to unite or to join together to make a single thing or group: [T] None of us has much money so let’s combine what we’ve got. [+ to infinitive] When hydrogen and oxygen molecules combine to form water, heat and electricity are produced.
If you combine two activities, you do both at the same time: [T] She manages to successfully combine motherhood and a career.

combinenoun [C]

us   /ˈkɑm·bɑɪn/
a group of people or organizations acting together: Over the years they established a large media combine.
(Definition of combine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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combineverb

uk   /kəmˈbaɪn/ us  
[I or T] to join together in order to make a single thing or group, or to join things together in this way: They have a much better chance of success if they combine forces.combine with sth It was the first time in Britain that a concrete producer had combined with a cement manufacturer.
[I or T] to join together to have a particular effect, or to join things together in this way: combine with sth The burden of bad loans has combined with government foot-dragging to slow the pace of modernization.combine sth with sth He said the plan should be combined with tax cuts, including a reduction in business rates.
[T] to have two different parts or qualities: combine sth with sth The supercentre combines a traditional store with a full-service grocery section.combine sth and sth This is the beer that best combines good taste and a low calorie count.

combinenoun [C]

uk   /kəmˈbaɪn/ us   /ˈkɑmbaɪn/
a group of people or organizations that work together in business: The acquisition would create a combine publishing five of the six national daily newspapers in the Netherlands.
(Definition of combine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“combine” in British English

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