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.
Recent Examples on the Web Federal agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and the USDA, have made connectivity a priority, and state and local governments are also coalescing with new plans to bridge the gap. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "This California town has the slowest Internet in the U.S.," 22 Nov. 2019 While previous boards coalesced around a dovish consensus, today’s voting and non-voting members represent a wider array of economic viewpoints. NBC News, "Fed set to cut rate by another quarter percentage point this week," 28 Oct. 2019 Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times has some takeaways from the Huskies’ win at Arizona, and is uncertain about whether their fourth-quarter breakout is the sign of coalescing offense. oregonlive, "Games like the Oregon-Washington showdown Saturday in Husky Stadium make college football special: Issues & Answers," 14 Oct. 2019 Activists say the cutoffs—along with more recent punitive online and social media regulations—coalesce to extinguish access to the internet and constitute a threat to fostering open, pluralist, and democratic societies. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The miscalculations African governments keep making with social media and internet blocks," 3 Oct. 2019 Weather forecast models unanimously predicted that the clouds would coalesce into a storm that curved harmlessly northwest into the mid-Atlantic, far from land. Jennifer Francis, Scientific American, "Yes, Climate Change Is Making Severe Weather Worse," 12 June 2019 The fate of the two men, James Harris and Gustav Lofberg, rested on an American and Canadian rescue team that coalesced about 650 feet from the scow on the Canadian shore. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Boat Stuck at Niagara Falls Moves for First Time Since 1918," 5 Nov. 2019 The posts typically originated within a community of youthful users that had coalesced around the company’s earlier advertising and had taken on momentum of its own. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Studies show how Juul exploited social media to get teens to start vaping," 24 Sep. 2019 Michael Luo observed that there was one issue around which the ten candidates appeared to coalesce: the urgent need for bolder ideas to curb gun violence. The New Yorker, "The New Yorker’s Coverage of the September Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019

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.

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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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Coalesce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce coalesce (audio)

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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