verb \ˈmərj\

: to cause (two or more things, such as two companies) to come together and become one thing : to join or unite (one thing) with another

: to become joined or united

: to change into or become part of something else in a very gradual way


Full Definition of MERGE

transitive verb
archaic :  to plunge or engulf in something :  immerse
:  to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce
:  to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions
intransitive verb
:  to become combined into one
:  to blend or come together without abrupt change <merging traffic>
mer·gence \ˈmər-jən(t)s\ noun

Examples of MERGE

  1. To save the business, the owners decided to merge it with one of their competitors.
  2. The two banks merged to form one large institution.
  3. Many small companies have been forced to merge.
  4. Three lanes of traffic all merge at this point.
  5. Day slowly merged into night.
  6. Along the coast the mountains gradually merge with the shore.
  7. She merged into the crowd and disappeared.

Origin of MERGE

Latin mergere; akin to Sanskrit majjati he dives
First Known Use: 1636

Synonym Discussion of MERGE

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>.

Rhymes with MERGE

MERGED Defined for Kids


verb \ˈmərj\

Definition of MERGE for Kids

:  to be or cause to be combined or blended into a single unit <The two highways merge ahead.>


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