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Examples of amalgamate in a sentence
amalgamating different styles of music
They amalgamated the hospital and the university.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of amalgamate
First Known Use: 1617
Synonym Discussion of amalgamate
AMALGAMATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amalgamate for English Language Learners
: to unite (two or more things, such as two businesses) into one thing
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