amal·​gam·​ate | \ ə-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt How to pronounce amalgamate (audio) \
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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amalgamator \ ə-​ˈmal-​gə-​ˌmā-​tər How to pronounce amalgamate (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Press one more time, with force, flattening the dough lengthwise with the blade of the pastry scraper or your palm to help further amalgamate the butter in the dough. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A French Answer to American Apple Pie," 19 Nov. 2020 What of our envy for those better-off, impelling us to amalgamate in search of companionship or camouflage, in fear of the night? David Mamet, National Review, "Hamlet and Oedipus Meet the Zombies," 17 Sep. 2020 There’s an implicit generalization to this kind of image production and indeed, seen over time, composite portraiture would become a way to amalgamate and assess an entire culture, even an era. Jessica Helfand, Scientific American, "Darwin, Expression, and the Lasting Legacy of Eugenics," 13 Aug. 2020 Alaska would join a growing group of states amalgamating data in the hopes of improving transparency about health care service charges and using it to develop policy recommendations designed to control the costs of health care. Elizabeth Earl, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska House bill would establish health care pricing database," 26 Feb. 2020 Toss to combine and mash lightly with a fork to amalgamate. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Finger sandwiches save the day," 6 Dec. 2019 The Yippies, radical prankster Abbie Hoffman and satirist Paul Krassner’s attempt to amalgamate the two, were always more of a stunt than a movement. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Times, "Woodstock glorified them. Tarantino barbecued them. In 2019, whither the hippie?," 15 Aug. 2019 The Russian avant-garde, Abstract Expressionism, Post-Modern shamanism — Stockholder’s amalgamated installation is a marvel of pure artistic feeling, coaxed from ordinary objects of daily life. Christopher Knight,, "MOCA on the rebound? Three strong shows and free entry are welcome signs of change," 12 June 2019 The adversity score is a number on a 100-point scale that amalgamates 31 factors about a student’s school, like rigor of coursework, neighborhood, poverty levels, and crime rates. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of amalgamate

1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amalgamate

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

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“Amalgamate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amalgamate

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


transitive verb
amal·​gam·​ate | \ ə-ˈmal-gə-ˌmāt How to pronounce amalgamate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce amalgamate (audio) \ noun
amalgamator \ -​ˈmal-​gə-​ˌmāt-​ər How to pronounce amalgamate (audio) \ noun

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