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.

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But as discussions progressed, the parties coalesced Friday around a plan to keep Sears operating with a much smaller footprint, the people said. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears, Lenders Nearing Deal to Keep Some Stores Open," 12 Oct. 2018 The only way to beat James in a playoff series is to outfit a roster with ideal personnel and give it time to coalesce. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James Defies Logic and the NBA Life Cycle," 28 May 2018 The California Republican Party did not agree on an endorsement Sunday in the governor's race, a development that could stifle the chances that GOP voters will coalesce behind a candidate before the June 5 primary election. Phil Willon, latimes.com, "California Republicans can't agree on a candidate for governor at state party convention," 7 May 2018 Stephen says that Matt Whitcomb, who was elevated to head women's coach in 2011, played a major role in helping the team coalesce. Anchorage Daily News, "Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall and the US women’s cross-country team’s pursuit of happiness," 26 Feb. 2018 But in a derecho, the windy blasts from dozens of extreme storm downdrafts (called downbursts) coalesce into a single, massive wind surge that races forward at speeds of up to 60 to 70 mph. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Northeast severe-weather threat: Destructive winds could hit New York and Boston this evening," 15 May 2018 By declining to engage in a youth movement, the Giants are embracing the concept that talented players in their early 30s can coalesce into a cohesive unit similar to the ones that carried San Francisco to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB spring training: Five issues to watch as pitchers and catchers report," 13 Feb. 2018 Asteroids are bits and pieces leftover from the disc of gas and dust that formed around the young sun and never quite coalesced into a planet. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid," 25 June 2018 As that information comes in, the party will coalesce around someone. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018

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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

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 coalescence (audio) \ noun

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