co·​a·​lesce | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈles How to pronounce coalesce (audio) \
coalesced; coalescing

Definition of coalesce

intransitive verb

1 : to grow together The edges of the wound coalesced.
2a : to unite into a whole : fuse separate townships have coalesced into a single, sprawling colony— Donald Gould
b : to unite for a common end : join forces people with different points of view coalesce into opposing factions— I. L. Horowitz
3 : to arise from the combination of distinct elements an organized and a popular resistance immediately coalesced— C. C. Menges

transitive verb

: to cause to unite sometimes a book coalesces a public into a mass market— Walter Meade

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Other Words from coalesce

coalescence \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈle-​sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce coalesce (audio) \ noun
coalescent \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈle-​sᵊnt How to pronounce coalesce (audio) \ adjective

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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

Did You Know?

Coalesce unites the prefix co- ("together") and the Latin verb alescere, meaning "to grow." (The words "adolescent" and "adult" also grew from "alescere.") "Coalesce," which first appeared in English in the mid-17th century, is one of a number of verbs in English (along with "mix," "commingle," "merge," and "amalgamate") that refer to the act of combining parts into a whole. In particular, "coalesce" usually implies the merging of similar parts to form a cohesive unit.

Examples of coalesce in a Sentence

a group of young reformers who gradually coalesced into a political movement The ice masses coalesced into a glacier over time.
Recent Examples on the Web The groundswell of resistance united disparate factions, as rivals set aside their differences to coalesce for one common cause. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten isn't willing participant in Trump's game of political football: '(Bleep) no'," 1 Sep. 2020 And the Spartans need that to coalesce in a hurry with No. 9 Wisconsin visiting on Friday at Breslin Center (12:30 p.m., Fox). Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball's biggest concern: How to get Rocket Watts to take off," 24 Dec. 2020 Carter said the partnership began to coalesce in the last three weeks in conversations and drafting of a white paper exploring the concept. al, "4 universities join forces to lure Space Command HQ to Midwest," 21 Dec. 2020 Liveness, the current generated when theatergoers coalesce their attention in the same physical space, can’t be replicated. Dallas News, "In a year of losses, something gained: How theater was artfully brought to the screen," 11 Dec. 2020 Liveness, the current generated when theatergoers coalesce their attention in the same physical space, can’t be replicated. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, "In a year of losses, something gained: Theater, artfully filmed," 10 Dec. 2020 And Biden's nominee for secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, is someone who will look to coalesce international partners to tackle climate change, in a sharp break from the Trump administration. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: A look at Biden team plans for climate diplomacy," 23 Nov. 2020 There’s a culture change occurring with the Dolphins franchise as Miami’s mix of players remaining from last season, newcomers who joined in free agency, and rookies who joined the team through the draft have started to coalesce. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins enter bye week with growing confidence, potential to make a run in final stretch of season," 19 Oct. 2020 My father is cataloging the correspondence by month and year, in hope that a story may coalesce over the more than a thousand letters. Michael Venutolo-mantovani, New York Times, "Family History, Uncovered in Quarantine," 23 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'coalesce.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of coalesce

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for coalesce

Latin coalescere, from co- + alescere to grow — more at old

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“Coalesce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coalesce

formal : to come together to form one group or mass
co·​alesce | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈles How to pronounce coalesce (audio) \
coalesced; coalescing

Medical Definition of coalesce

: to grow together

Other Words from coalesce

coalescence \ -​ˈles-​ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce coalesce (audio) \ noun

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