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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web One example is cloud seeding, where airplanes flush clouds with particulate matter in order to coalesce into rain. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates Is Thinking About Dimming the Sun," 26 Mar. 2021 True to the titles of his books, Bergamin transformed the cottage’s interiors into an ebullient mélange in which colors, patterns, drawings, photographs, and paintings coalesce into a warm whole. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Designer’s Exuberant Home Reveals His Joyful Approach to Life," 24 Mar. 2021 Cosmic dust is primarily made up of tiny particles that are debris that didn’t coalesce into planets or other celestial bodies during the formation of the solar system. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, "In Early March, Look To The West For The Zodiacal Light!," 1 Mar. 2021 The partisan bickering before the commission gets off the ground is raising questions about whether lawmakers can coalesce around a thorough review of the Jan. 6 riot that interrupted the presidential electoral count and led to five deaths. Mary Clare Jalonick And Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Republicans push back on Pelosi proposal for riot commission," 24 Feb. 2021 These two motifs hardly coalesce to become a hybrid, though; the film is not a docudrama. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Nomadland,” Reviewed: Chloé Zhao’s Nostalgic Portrait of Itinerant America," 19 Feb. 2021 Such signals should have first emerged about 380,000 years after the big bang, when the universe cooled enough for protons and electrons that previously filled space to coalesce into atoms of hydrogen. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Telescopes on Far Side of the Moon Could Illuminate the Cosmic Dark Ages," 15 Jan. 2021 Carbonaceous chondrites originated from asteroids that formed when the planets themselves were only just being born as dust and ice swirling around the early solar system began to coalesce, the museum said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "'Fireball' meteorite that landed in UK driveway could hold clues to solar system's formation," 10 Mar. 2021 In 2020, QAnon believers began to coalesce around anti-mask and anti-vaccine coronavirus conspiracy theories. Washington Post, "Identifying far-right symbols that appeared at the U.S. Capitol riot," 15 Jan. 2021

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for coalesce

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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