amalgamate

verb amal·gam·ate \ -gə-ˌmāt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of amalgamate

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

play \-ˌmā-tər\ noun

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Examples of amalgamate in a Sentence

  1. amalgamating different styles of music

  2. They amalgamated the hospital and the university.

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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.) 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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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AMALGAMATE Defined for English Language Learners

amalgamate

verb

Definition of amalgamate for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

amalgamate

transitive verb amal·gam·ate \ ə-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt \

medical Definition of amalgamate

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

amalgamation

play \-ˌmal-gə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

amalgamator

play \-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt-ər\ noun


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