From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcombinecom‧bine1 /kəmˈbaɪn/ ●●● S3 W2 verb 1 [intransitive, transitive]TOGETHER if you combine two or more different things, or if they combine, they begin to exist or work together → combinationcombine something with something Augustine was later to combine elements of this philosophy with the teachings of Christianity. Diets are most effective when combined with exercise.combine to do something A number of factors have combined to create this difficult situation. Ruth hesitated, uncertain of how to combine honesty and diplomacy in her answer.combined effect/effects (=the result of two or more different things used or mixed together) The combined effects of the war and the drought resulted in famine.► see thesaurus at mix2 [transitive] to have two or more different features or qualities at the same time → combinationcombine something with/and something Good carpet wool needs to combine softness with strength.3 [intransitive, transitive]MIX if two or more different substances combine, or if you combine them, they mix or join together to produce a new single substance → combinationcombine to do something Different amino acids combine to form proteins. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.combine something with something Steel is produced by combining iron with carbon.► see thesaurus at mix4 [transitive]TIME/AT THE SAME TIME to do two different activities at the same timecombine something with something Many people enjoy combining a holiday with learning a new skill.combine something and something the problems facing women who wish to combine a career and familycombine business with pleasure (=work and enjoy yourself at the same time)5 [intransitive, transitive]UNITE if two or more groups, organizations etc combine, or if you combine them, they join or work together in order to do somethingcombine to do something Ten British and French companies combined to form the Channel Tunnel Group. University zoologists and government vets are combining forces (=working together) to investigate the disease.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuscombine• Carl has more experience than any of them combined.• He makes more money than everyone else in the office combined.• The grammar of the language can be used to restrict word combinations because they do not combine arbitrarily to form sentences.• Modern and traditional teaching methods are combined at the school.• He designed the first great suspension bridge, an idea that combines beauty and function perfectly.• Waistliner - combine cottage cheese, diced red pepper and sweetcorn. 7.• This is a computer system that combines maximum flexibility with absolute accuracy.• The highest possible score on each section is 800, for a combined score of 1600.• Combine the egg yolks and the cream, and cook over a low heat.• It is even related that Molla Tusi combined the Muftilik with teaching at the Sahn.• The banks plan to merge and combine their assets.• The specification of each of these processors as well as a control system to combine them intelligently is currently far beyond any expectations.• When the two chemicals combine, they form an explosive compound.• To maintain a constant standard, some wine producers combine this year's wine with stocks from the previous year.• The opposition parties combined to drive the Prime Minister out of office.• In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine water, salt, butter, and bay leaf.• Members of the radical Right combined with communists in holding an illegal meeting.• Greenhouse gases combine with hydrocarbons to form smog.• Sleeping pills can interfere with the effect of other medications and can be dangerous when combined with them.combined effect/effects• The combined effect has been to translate regions that were once largely rural into bastions of urbanization.• This is a condition brought about by the combined effect of evolution and civilisation and for everyone it is quite unavoidable.• The combined effect of federal, state and local taxes in the United States in 1985 fell heavily on the poorest.• Now, however, the combined effects of scurvy, anemia and exhaustion kept him asleep twenty hours out of the day.• The combined effects of these waves on our health and well-being are as yet unknown.• These three factors each accounted for similar proportions of combined effect on average pay of around 15 percent.• Several plants grouped together will create their own humid micro-climate, though overcrowding may make the combined effect too much.• The combined effect was to reduce mortality rates.combine to do something• Chimpanzee males combine to capture prey which is then torn up and shared.• These discouraging factors combine to compel a search for cheaper and environmentally safer energy sources.• S.-led diplomacy and military force combined to end the war last fall.• It is easy to show that these two steps combine to give the required result.• All these functions can be combined to give you the advantages of traditional cooking in less than half the normal cooking time.• Economic, racial, political, historic and cultural factors have combined to interweave the fabric of the world.• The radio waves, magnetic field and computer technology combine to produce vivid images of the body's soft tissue.• Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan are two jilted lovers who combine to seek revenge on their former partners. combine something and something• Most college students today combine school and work.combining forces• Little was to be expected from combining forces and votes in international organisations.combinecom‧bine2 /ˈkɒmbaɪn $ ˈkɑːm-/ noun [countable] 1 (also combine harvester)TA a machine used by farmers to cut grain, separate the seeds from it, and clean it2 BBCa group of people, businesses etc who work together The factory was sold to a British combine after the war.
Examples from the Corpuscombine• Lutz Gattnar was in charge of computer projects at the 7 Oktober combine until the revolution.• They go through an intelligence test and an array of interviews at the scouting combine in February.• The combine has been through the Crops Challenge field and the final costs have been totted up.From Longman Business Dictionarycombinecom‧bine1 /kəmˈbaɪn/ verb [intransitive, transitive] COMMERCEif two or more groups or organizations combine, or if you combine them, they join togetherThey said they expect no job losses from combining their operations.combine to do somethingTwo old established practices combined to form The Anthony Clark Partnership. —combined adjective [only before a noun]The new combined bank will have a market share of more than 50% in the central region.→ See Verb tablecombinecom‧bine2 /ˈkɒmbaɪnˈkɑːm-/ noun [countable]COMMERCE an association of two or more businesses or companies that work together on a temporary or permanent basisa large regional banking combineThere may be concern if one airline combine controls more than 25% of a relevant market.Origin combine1 (1400-1500) French combiner, from Late Latin combinare, from Latin com- ( → COM-) + bini “two by two”