To combine things or people is to put them together:
- The members of the team combined their efforts to win the football game.
- Larissa and Alie are combining their talent and knowledge in the formation of a new company.
- Hydrogen and oxygen combine to form water.
- The members of the family combine their income to pay household expenses.
The adjective form of this word is "combined."
- Jim and Tina have a combined income of over "$60,000.
- The partners’ combined efforts contributed to their success.
- Their combined years of experience gave them a great advantage over their competitors.
The word "combination" is a noun:
- Milk and cookies are a great combination.
- Cake and carbonated beverages are not a good combination.
- A combination of luck and talent gave Sheryl the opportunity of a career in the music business.
- Guns and alcohol are a deadly combination.
- The combination of iron, carbon, and some other elements produces steel.
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October 15, 2012