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 coalescence (audio) \ noun
coalescent \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈle-​sᵊnt How to pronounce coalescent (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 Voters have not yet coalesced around a candidate in the splintered Democratic presidential field. Author: Josh Dawsey, Robert Costa, Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump moves to target perceived enemies over impeachment," 7 Feb. 2020 Tiny microbes coalesce on the plants, creating large, blocky yellowed areas on leaves that quickly turn brown and rot. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "You’re not crazy. There is an arugula shortage in the US," 31 Jan. 2020 Sports sedans have coalesced around the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the sweet spot in performance and efficiency. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 While countries can ignore those directives, such an announcement can coalesce global attention on an outbreak. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "WHO postpones decision on whether to declare China outbreak a global public health emergency," 22 Jan. 2020 As all things 'Frozen' coalesce into one massive global empire with the release of Disney's movie sequel, the first national tour of the Broadway musical kicks off at the Pantages in Hollywood, where once again, resistance will be futile. Deborah Wilker, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Frozen': Theater Review," 8 Dec. 2019 Then the song switches between verses from Bieber's and Gomez's respective songs, coalescing into a slower pop jam that is undeniably catchy. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You to Love Me’ Was Remixed With Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’," 6 Nov. 2019 Although coming alive while describing his life overseas and his New York adventures, when discussing Roth Adelman’s eyes turn sad, eventually coalescing into a cry undoubtedly catalyzed by Roth’s passing back in May 2018. Fortune, "Meet the Man Selling Hundreds of Signed Copies of Philip Roth Books on a New York Street Corner," 24 Aug. 2019 The vexing question then becomes: How do quantum probabilities coalesce into the sharp focus of the classical world? Wired, "Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real," 28 July 2019

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coalesce?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=coales01. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for coalesce

coalesce

verb
How to pronounce coalesce (audio)

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 coalescence (audio) \ noun

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