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coalesce

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verb co·a·lesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

Simple Definition of coalesce

  • : to come together to form one group or mass

Full Definition of coalesce

co·a·lescedco·a·lesc·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grow together

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  to arise from the combination of distinct elements <an organized and a popular resistance immediately coalesced — C. C. Menges>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to unite <sometimes a book coalesces a public into a mass market — Walter Meade>

co·a·les·cence play \-ˈle-sən(t)s\ noun
co·a·les·cent play \-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

Synonym Discussion of coalesce

mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity <mix the salad greens> <mix a drink>. mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active <fear mingled with anticipation in my mind>. commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling <a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her>. blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture <blended several teas to create a balanced flavor>. merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole <in his mind reality and fantasy merged>. coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity <telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait>. amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities <refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community>. fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product <a building in which modernism and classicism are fused>.

Medical Dictionary

coalesce

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intransitive verb co·alesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

Medical Definition of coalesce

co·alescedco·alesc·ing

  1. :  to grow together

  2. co·ales·cence \-ˈles-ən(t)s\play noun





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