verb co·a·lesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

: to come together to form one group or mass


Full Definition of COALESCE

intransitive verb
:  to grow together
a :  to unite into a whole :  fuse <separate townships have coalesced into a single, sprawling colony — Donald Gould>
b :  to unite for a common end :  join forces <people with different points of view coalesce into opposing factions — I. L. Horowitz>
:  to arise from the combination of distinct elements <an organized and a popular resistance immediately coalesced — C. C. Menges>
transitive verb
:  to cause to unite <sometimes a book coalesces a public into a mass market — Walter Meade>
co·a·les·cence \-ˈle-sən(t)s\ noun
co·a·les·cent \-sənt\ adjective

Examples of COALESCE

  1. a group of young reformers who gradually coalesced into a political movement
  2. The ice masses coalesced into a glacier over time.

Origin of COALESCE

Latin coalescere, from co- + alescere to grow — more at old
First Known Use: circa 1656


intransitive verb co·alesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COALESCE

:  to grow together
co·ales·cence \-ˈles-ən(t)s\ noun


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