Definition of coalesce
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 Gouldb : 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
: to cause to unite sometimes a book coalesces a public into a mass market — Walter Meade
coalescenceplay \-ˈle-sən(t)s\ noun
coalescentplay \-sənt\ adjective
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 of coalesce from the Web
Much opposition to the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has coalesced around a dubious talking point that Medicaid expansion is the best way to fix the opioid crisis.
Reagan was in the White House, and the MTV generation was starting to coalesce, so the time seemed right for a return to ’60s idealism.
Democrats in conservative parts of the country also seem unsure how to effectively talk about President Trump, even as Republicans have coalesced around an attack on Democrats as inextricably linked to a party of out-of-touch coastal liberals.
Gordon's music, a patchwork of musical Americana, gives memorable lyrical flight to plain-spoken lyrics that coalesce into set pieces flowing easily one to the next.
One aide stressed that, at this point, no final decisions had been made, but the option was on the table and would be discussed this week as members attempt to coalesce around a final proposal.
First, Latinos have difficulty coalescing around a prominent Latino leader.
As Jupiter grew and the other planets started to form, asteroids also coalesced in both the inner and outer part of the accretion disk, separated by Jupiter.
Christopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee California, viewed as a vanguard of environmental policy, is working to coalesce support for carbon-reduction efforts around the world.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of coalesce
COALESCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coalesce for English Language Learners
: to come together to form one group or mass
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