converge

verb

con·​verge kən-ˈvərj How to pronounce converge (audio)
converged; converging

intransitive verb

1
: to tend or move toward one point or one another : come together : meet
converging paths
Police cars converged on the accident scene.
2
: to come together and unite in a common interest or focus
Economic forces converged to bring the country out of the recession.
3
: to approach a limit as the number of terms increases without limit
the series converges

transitive verb

: to cause to converge

Example Sentences

The two roads converge in the center of town. Students converged in the parking lot to say goodbye after graduation. Economic forces converged to bring the country out of a recession. Many companies are combining rapidly converging communication technology into one device that can act as a phone, take photographs, and send e-mail.
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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin convergere, from Latin com- + vergere to bend, incline — more at wrench

First Known Use

1691, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of converge was in 1691

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Cite this Entry

“Converge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/converge. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

converge

verb

con·​verge kən-ˈvərj How to pronounce converge (audio)
converged; converging
1
: to tend or move toward one point or one another
2
: to come together and unite in a common interest

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