amal·​gam·​ate ə-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt How to pronounce amalgamate (audio)
amalgamated; amalgamating

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.
amalgamator noun

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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.) Use of amalgam broadened over time 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 the latter half of the 1500s. 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.

Choose the Right Synonym for amalgamate

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

Examples of amalgamate in a Sentence

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


borrowed from Medieval Latin amalgamātus, past participle of amalgamāre "to combine (a metal) with mercury," verbal derivative of amalgama amalgam

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of amalgamate was in 1576


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Cite this Entry

“Amalgamate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


amal·​gam·​ate ə-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt How to pronounce amalgamate (audio)
amalgamated; amalgamating
: to unite in an amalgam
: to combine into a single body : merge

Medical Definition


transitive verb
amal·​gam·​ate ə-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt How to pronounce amalgamate (audio)
amalgamated; amalgamating
: to unite in or as if in an amalgam
especially : to merge into a single body
amalgamation noun
amalgamator noun

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