coalesce

verb
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 Different factions of the crowd appear to coalesce, move forward and chant under the direction of different leaders before charging at startled police staffing a pedestrian gate, all in the matter of a few minutes. Devlin Barrett, BostonGlobe.com, "FBI probe of US Capitol riot finds evidence detailing coordination of an assault," 30 Jan. 2021 But for one just learning how to coalesce, the news played a role in Golden State appearing disjointed on both ends of the floor in Denver. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ supporting cast fails to help Steph Curry in loss to Nuggets," 14 Jan. 2021 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 Democrats are beginning to coalesce around the idea of more regulations aimed at data privacy, hate speech, disinformation and antitrust issues. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "Lindell says Twitter ban won't stop his effort to claim election fraud," 26 Jan. 2021 Should the plane exceed the speed of sound — dubbed Mach 1 — the waves coalesce into a potentially destructive shock wave called a sonic boom. Quanta Magazine, "The NASA Engineer Who’s a Mathematician at Heart," 19 Jan. 2021 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coalesce. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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coalesce

verb

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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