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 Complaining of mismanagement, corruption and political oppression, opponents of President Nicolas Maduro have declared his government invalid and coalesced behind a replacement. Washington Post, "The Standoff in Venezuela, Explained," 18 Sep. 2019 As dust and rock coalesced into a planet, the core heated up producing minerals like edscottite. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Could This New Mineral Be From a Destroyed Planet’s Core?," 4 Sep. 2019 Huge chunks of the march can break off before coalescing with the original herd blocks later, or suddenly duck into the city’s mass transit system only to re-emerge in a different neighborhood or across the harbor. Matt Bradley, NBC News, "As Hong Kong protests turn violent, one man fights to preserve middle ground," 24 Aug. 2019 Thanks to the looming prorogation of Parliament, opposition forces urgently coalesced and finalized a law forcing Johnson to ask the EU for another Brexit extension, just before the suspension took effect on Tuesday. David Meyer, Fortune, "British PM Boris Johnson Misled the Queen—and Broke the Law—When he Suspended Parliament, Scottish Court Rules," 11 Sep. 2019 There are also some ornate subplots -- including a status-conscious brother-sister tandem upset about their new neighbor -- but not enough of it coalesces over the course of the eight episodes. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Dark Crystal' and 'Carnival Row' fantasy series never take off," 29 Aug. 2019 Atomized specks and spots proliferate, often coalescing to form lines, pathways and larger circles that create dense, canvas-covering patterns reaching edge to edge. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Spectacular aboriginal paintings from Australia burst with deep, sacred beauty," 19 Aug. 2019 During the first two years of the Trump presidency, Democrats in California coalesced around their role as leaders of the resistance, an idea that quickly became a bumper sticker and social media rallying cry. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Trump Inspires California Lawmakers to Go on Offense," 14 Sep. 2019 The court’s majority coalesced around the specific history of the Peace Cross, which bears the names of 49 servicemen from Prince George’s County, Md., who died in World War I. The cross obviously represented Christianity, the court said. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Rules That 40-Foot Cross Can Remain on Public Land," 20 June 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of coalesce was circa 1541

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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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