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Meaning of “combine” in the English Dictionary

"combine" in British English

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combineverb

uk   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)terribleweather, ​contrived to ​ruin the ​trip. The two ​countries combined againsttheircommonenemy. [+ to infinitive] These ​normallyharmlesssubstances combine toform a ​highlypoisonousgas. [T] If someone combines two or more ​qualities, they have both of those ​qualities: As a ​writer, he combined ​wit and/withpassion. [T] to do two ​activities at the same ​time: She ​manages to ​successfully combine ​familylife and/with a ​career.

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combinenoun

uk   /ˈkɒm.baɪn/  us   /ˈkɑːm-/
  • combine noun (GROUP)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​people or ​organizationsacting together in ​business: a ​Japaneseindustrial combine
  • combine noun (MACHINE)

[C] (also combine harvester) a ​largefarmingmachine that ​cuts the ​plant, ​separates the ​seed from the ​stem, and ​cleans the ​grain as it ​movesacross a ​field
(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 ​oxygenmolecules combine to ​formwater, ​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 ​organizationsacting together: Over the ​years they ​established a ​largemedia combine.
(Definition of combine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"combine" in Business English

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combineverb

uk   us   /kəmˈbaɪn/
[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 ​badloans has combined with ​government foot-dragging to ​slow the ​pace of ​modernization.combine sth with sth He said the ​plan should be combined with ​taxcuts, ​including a ​reduction in ​businessrates.
[T] to have two different ​parts or ​qualities: combine sth with sth The supercentre combines a traditional ​store with a ​full-servicegrocerysection.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 ​nationaldailynewspapers in the Netherlands.
(Definition of combine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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