Definition of coalesce
1 : to grow together
2 a : 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>
: 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.
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
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