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com·bine (kəm-bīn)
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v. com·bined, com·bin·ing, com·bines
v.tr.
1. To bring into a state of unity; make united: combined the ingredients in a bowl; combined the eggs and flour.
2. To join (two or more substances) to make a single substance, such as a chemical compound; mix.
3. To have, exhibit, or involve in combination: The choreography combines artistry and athletics.
4. (kŏmbīn) To harvest (a grain crop) using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine.
v.intr.
1. To become united: factors that combined to produce a storm.
2. To join together for a common purpose. See Synonyms at join.
3. Chemistry To form a compound.
4. (kŏmbīn) To harvest a grain crop using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine.
n. (kŏmbīn)
1. A power-operated harvesting machine that cuts, threshes, and cleans grain.
2. An association of people or groups united for the furtherance of political or commercial interests.
3. A combination.

[Middle English combinen, from Old French combiner, from Late Latin combīnāre : Latin com-, com- + bīnī, two by two; see dwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

com·biner n.
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combine
harvesting wheat

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