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
The Sacramento Bee California, viewed as a vanguard of environmental policy, is working to coalesce support for carbon-reduction efforts around the world.
Meanwhile, the Conservative Party quickly coalesced behind a successor to Cameron — May — who, despite having campaigned against Brexit, took to the cause with the zeal of a convert.
Two ruling party factions are vying for power once Mugabe goes, with one coalescing around his wife Grace and the other around Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former spy chief.
Despite Sanders’ success there, voters who support his agenda failed to coalesce behind one candidate in the primary for the special election.
The fireworks continued as bodies coalesced under the speakers.
Back in 1989, scientific consensus was coalescing around carbon as the culprit for climate change.
The world has changed since that heady time when Mark and Eli and John somehow found each other, somehow coalesced.
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.
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
COALESCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coalesce for English Language Learners
: to come together to form one group or mass
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up coalesce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).