Simple Definition of merge
: 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
1 archaic : to plunge or engulf in something : immerse
2 : to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce
3 : to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions
1 : to become combined into one
2 : to blend or come together without abrupt change <merging traffic>
Examples of merge in a sentence
To save the business, the owners decided to merge it with one of their competitors.
The two banks merged to form one large institution.
Many small companies have been forced to merge.
Three lanes of traffic all merge at this point.
Day slowly merged into night.
Along the coast the mountains gradually merge with the shore.
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
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Definition of merge for Students
: to be or cause to be combined or blended into a single unit <The two highways merge ahead.>
Legal Definition of merge
1 : to cause to unite, combine, or coalesce <merge one corporation with another>
2 : to cause to be incorporated and superseded <one effect of a judgment is to merge therein the cause of action on which the action is brought — American Jurisprudence 2d> — compare bar 3b
: to become combined : undergo merger
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