co·a·lesce | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈles \
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 \-ˈle-sᵊn(t)s \ noun
coalescent \-sᵊnt \ 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.

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The rest of the world, even China, was coalescing around a commitment to curb greenhouse gases, and the Paris accord had been signed into effect. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 The poll, conducted after President Donald Trump's endorsement of Cox, showed Republican support coalescing for Cox over the other leading Republican in the race, Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Newsom, Cox, likely to advance in California governor's race, poll says," 30 May 2018 The race has been a battle of who can be the most dedicated Trump supporter and exemplifies the extent to which the Republican party has coalesced around their president. Adam Levy, CNN, "Election Day in West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina: What to watch," 8 May 2018 Without competition from professional sports or a significant in-state rival, the state essentially coalesces around the Hogs. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Arkansas weighs history and money in decision to stay or leave games in Little Rock," 13 Apr. 2018 For that to happen, a majority of his caucus would have to coalesce around a challenger. Michael Dresser,, "Democratic primary results rattle foundation of Mike Miller's presidency of Maryland Senate," 28 June 2018 Around midday Friday, a set of weather conditions coalesced to send seawater through the streets of downtown Boston: A nor’easter parked itself off the coast, creating a storm surge that coincided with an astronomical high tide. Christina Prignano,, "The noon high tide was bad, but the midnight high tide could be worse," 2 Mar. 2018 The president and his aides are coalescing on a strategy to pursue a series of separate legislative measures, starting with the bill enhancing collection of criminal records, one administration official said., "Trump Talks About Shooting Response but Offers Few Details," 27 Feb. 2018 Shaq’s Big Fella, now a kung fu instructor, has an issue with Drew, who will have to address this and other emotional issues if this underdog team will ever coalesce enough to win. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Uncle Drew’ has a predictable game plan," 28 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of coalesce

: to come together to form one group or mass

co·alesce | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈles \
coalesced; coalescing

Medical Definition of coalesce 

: to grow together

Other words from coalesce

coalescence \-ˈles-ᵊn(t)s \ noun

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