coalesce

verb
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 \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈle-​sᵊn(t)s \ noun
coalescent \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈle-​sᵊnt \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for coalesce

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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As that information comes in, the party will coalesce around someone. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 Ahead of the conference, the bishops coalesced around two proposals to impose accountability. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "The Catholic Bishops Who Couldn’t," 15 Nov. 2018 The civil rights of African-Americans were newly salient, as the Black Lives Matter movement coalesced to protest the deaths of unarmed blacks at the hands of police forces. Ezra Klein, Vox, "How identity politics elected Donald Trump," 5 Nov. 2018 This political shift happened as a number of trends coalesced: more spouses had careers back home, campaigning meant participating in perpetual fundraisers, and long-distance commuting became the norm. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 So the candidate body probably coalesced from a circumplanetary disk, as the big Galilean moons of Jupiter did. Mike Wall, Space.com, "First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet," 3 Oct. 2018 Similarly, in 2013, Black Lives Matter coalesced after a string of police killings of African-Americans. Harper's BAZAAR, "Signs For Hope," 16 Aug. 2018 Harris’ departure is a sign that the party is seeking to coalesce around Lamont and avoid a bitter and divisive fight for the nomination. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Jonathan Harris Endorses Ned Lamont For Governor," 27 Apr. 2018 As moderate and conservative House Republicans have struggled to coalesce around immigration legislation, Trump has been inconsistent in his exhortations. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump urges quick action on immigration, changing course once again," 6 July 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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coalesce

verb

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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