verb co·a·lesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

Definition of coalesce




  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grow together The edges of the wound coalesced.

  3. 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

  4. 3 :  to arise from the combination of distinct elements an organized and a popular resistance immediately coalesced — C. C. Menges

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to unite sometimes a book coalesces a public into a mass market — Walter Meade


play \-ˈle-sən(t)s\ noun


play \-sənt\ adjective

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Examples of coalesce in a sentence

  1. a group of young reformers who gradually coalesced into a political movement

  2. The ice masses coalesced into a glacier over time.

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.

Origin and Etymology of coalesce

Latin coalescere, from co- + alescere to grow — more at old

First Known Use: circa 1656

Synonym Discussion of 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.

COALESCE Defined for English Language Learners


verb co·a·lesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

Definition of coalesce for English Language Learners

  • : to come together to form one group or mass

Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb co·alesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

Medical Definition of coalesce




  1. :  to grow together


\-ˈles-ən(t)s\play noun

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