amal·​gam·​ate | \-gə-ˌmāt \
amalgamated; amalgamating

Definition of amalgamate 

transitive verb

: to unite in or as if in an amalgam especially : to merge into a single body They amalgamated the hospital with the university.

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Other Words from amalgamate

amalgamator \ -​ˌmā-​tər \ noun

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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

Amalgamate Can Be Used Technically and Generally

The noun amalgam derives by way of Middle French from Medieval Latin amalgama. It was first used in the 15th century with the meaning "a mixture of mercury and another metal." (Today, you are likely to encounter this sense in the field of dentistry; amalgams can be used for filling holes in teeth.) Over time, use of "amalgam" broadened to include any mixture of elements.and by the 18th century the word was also being applied figuratively, as in "an amalgam of citizens." The verb "amalgamate" has been in use since at least 1617. It too can be used either technically, implying the creation of an alloy of mercury, or more generally for the formation of any compound or combined entity.

Examples of amalgamate in a Sentence

amalgamating different styles of music They amalgamated the hospital and the university.

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The amalgamated Frankenstein jolted awake to get all murderous. Matt Simon, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About Robots Trying to Pass as Humans," 7 June 2018 Jordana Baldwin, Everytown’s deputy director, said in an interview with The Zoe Report that amalgamating the entertainment world with this prominent nationwide issue will garner attention. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Everything You Need to Know About 'Wear Orange Weekend'," 31 May 2018 Plunging into this pile of gratification, with its attendant creamy elbow macaroni amalgamated with potato and a superfluous pile of salad, requires you to immediately get moving once finished, lest your plodding metabolism finish you. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Aloha Wagon rolls out Hawaiian plate lunches," 28 Feb. 2018 As with Gvasalia’s Vetements show (which is tomorrow), the next Balenciaga public unveiling is to be amalgamated with the women’s show. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Demna Gvasalia Does “Parisian Chic” for His First Men’s Pre-Collection for Balenciaga," 19 Jan. 2018 While Europe was Balkanizing, the city fathers were amalgamating what become the five boroughs into Greater New York. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Man of ‘Gotham’ Returns," 29 Sep. 2017 Local World bundled together over 100 papers, and by amalgamating back-office work, cutting reporting jobs and investing more in digital media, managed to remain profitable despite continuing falls in print circulation. The Economist, "The Daily Mirror’s owner makes a bid for the Express titles," 14 Sep. 2017 But in the finale, both these women were powerfully amalgamated into Big Little Lies' big-picture theme of female solidarity. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power Of Big Little Lies Lies in Spotlighting Genuine Female Friendship," 3 Apr. 2017 The strange, cruel monster of Rome can never amalgamate with the beautiful form of America. Jared A. Goldstein, Slate Magazine, "How Trump’s immigration ban explicitly smears Muslims as being potentially hostile to the Constitution.," 14 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of amalgamate

1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amalgamate

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English Language Learners Definition of amalgamate

: to unite (two or more things, such as two businesses) into one thing


transitive verb
amal·​gam·​ate | \ə-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt \
amalgamated; amalgamating

Medical Definition of amalgamate 

: to unite in or as if in an amalgam especially : to merge into a single body

Other Words from amalgamate

amalgamation \ -​ˌmal-​gə-​ˈmā-​shən \ noun
amalgamator \ -​ˈmal-​gə-​ˌmāt-​ər \ noun

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