Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring together so as to form a whole.
  • transitive v. To combine (people) in interest, attitude, or action: "the love that unites humanity” ( Germaine Greer).
  • transitive v. To join (a couple) in marriage.
  • transitive v. To cause to adhere.
  • transitive v. To have or demonstrate in combination: She unites common sense with vision.
  • intransitive v. To become or seem to become joined, formed, or combined into a unit.
  • intransitive v. To join and act together in a common purpose or endeavor. See Synonyms at join.
  • intransitive v. To be or become bound together by adhesion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To come or bring together as one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To put together so as to make one; to join, as two or more constituents, to form a whole; to combine; to connect; to join; to cause to adhere
  • transitive v. Hence, to join by a legal or moral bond, as families by marriage, nations by treaty, men by opinions; to join in interest, affection, fellowship, or the like; to cause to agree; to harmonize; to associate; to attach.
  • intransitive v. To become one; to be cemented or consolidated; to combine, as by adhesion or mixture; to coalesce; to grow together.
  • intransitive v. To join in an act; to concur; to act in concert.
  • adj. United; joint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To combine or conjoin so as to form one; make to be one and to be no longer separate; incorporate in one: as, to unite two kingdoms or two armies.
  • To connect, conjoin, bring together, or associate by some bond, legal or other; join in interest, affection, fellowship, or the like; ally; link together; associate; conjoin; couple; combine: as, to unite families by marriage; to unite nations by treaty; to unite fresh adherents to a cause.
  • To make to agree or be uniform; harmonize.
  • To cause to adhere; attach; connect together: as, to unite bricks or stones by means of cement.
  • Synonyms To consolidate, amalgamate, blend, merge.
  • To become one; become combined or incorporated; be consolidated; coalesce; combine; commingle.
  • To join in action; concur; act in concert.
  • United; joint.
  • n. An English gold coin issued by James I. and current for 20 shillings; a jacobus.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of unit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have or possess in combination
  • v. bring together for a common purpose or action or ideology or in a shared situation
  • v. be or become joined or united or linked
  • v. join or combine
  • v. act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
  • v. become one

Etymologies

Middle English uniten, from Latin ūnīre, ūnīt-, from ūnus, one; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ūnītus, perfect passive participle of ūniō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yet the word unite can go beyond that to encompass the merging of soft and strong, breath and movement, grace and strength.

    Forever Young

  • However what you and others should do to bring our party back together and unite is to ask Hillary to get out!!!!

    Rendell: Obama should ask Clinton to be VP

  • Democrats for McCain unite ... or go independent Hilary for Obama

    After six months, can Democratic race be over?

  • The only way the Democratic Party can unite is if we all be mature about what's being said.

    Clinton touts support from 'white Americans'

  • Mr Galloway, who may be further investigated for accepting money from Saddam to pay for his political campaigning, said: "The man was a colossal leader and I believe it is only right that the imperialist forces immediately withdraw and allow him to once again unite the Iraqi people."

    Galloway calls for Saddam return

  • A praise-worthy tendency, encouraging the peoples of Europe to unite, is confronted today with the impossibility of harmonization of the atrophied and hypertrophic parts of our civilization.

    Odysseus Elytis - Nobel Lecture

  • "So scatter them as that they may never again unite to do mischief, bring them down, O Lord, our shield!"

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • The democratic party is sadly mistaken if they think they can slap 18million voters in face and expect us to "unite" - the DNC made a mockery of the primary process in so many different ways ... this is not about any candidate now, it is the sheer 'audacity' of what they did to voters rights.

    Primaries over, Democrats promote unity

  • The right people with the appropriate calling unite against a common enemy, then the sky is the limit and hell is the target.

    YouTube, the Right-o-Sphere, and the Anatomy of an ACORN Take Down

  • BLITZER: A lot of people believe, and I wrote about this on my blog today at cnnpolitics. com, Leslie, that the best way, the best way for the Democrats to unite is to make sure that the winner asks the loser to be on the ticket.

    CNN Transcript May 5, 2008

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  • "An English gold coin issued by James I. and current for 20 shillings; a jacobus. A gold coin of the same name and value was issued under Charles I., when it was also called carolus (which see), and under the Commonwealth and Charles II."

    - The Century Dictionary

    June 28, 2010