coalesce


co·a·lesce

verb \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

: to come together to form one group or mass

co·a·lescedco·a·lesc·ing

Full Definition of COALESCE

intransitive verb
1
:  to grow together
2
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>
3
:  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

co·alesce

intransitive verb \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\   (Medical Dictionary)
co·alescedco·alesc·ing

Medical Definition of COALESCE

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

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