merge

verb
\ˈmərj \
merged; merging

Definition of merge 

transitive verb

1 archaic : to plunge or engulf in something : immerse

2 : to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce (see coalesce sense 2) merged the two companies

3 : to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions individuality and uniqueness are merged and blurred— Norman Kelman

intransitive verb

1 : to become combined into one The two banks merged.

2 : to blend or come together without abrupt change merging traffic

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Other Words from merge

mergence \ ˈmər-​jən(t)s \ noun

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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

Examples of merge in a Sentence

To save the business, the owners decided to merge it with one of their competitors. The two banks merged to form one large institution. Many small companies have been forced to merge. Three lanes of traffic all merge at this point. Day slowly merged into night. Along the coast the mountains gradually merge with the shore. She merged into the crowd and disappeared.
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The waveforms of those signals serve as an audio fingerprint—in this case, evidence for two black holes spiraling inward toward each other and merging in a massive collision event, sending powerful shock waves across spacetime. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves," 1 Nov. 2018 Air traffic controllers cannot safely merge two heavy streams of airplane traffic arriving simultaneously if one follows a precise automated path and the other is guided by conventional voice commands via radio. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "As Sea-Tac Airport traffic booms, distant neighborhoods are noisy despite FAA plan," 25 Oct. 2018 That was a way to, in contemporary speak, merge these two ideas together. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Virgil Abloh Adds Champagne Designer to His Resume," 24 Oct. 2018 With quantum tunneling, the wave nature of protons allows them to overlap ever so slightly, like ripples merging on the surface of a pond. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Unless the on-ramp has a yield or stop sign, use the stretch to speed up and merge, looking for an opening in the flow of traffic. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Still Pass a Basic Driver’s Ed Test?," 30 July 2018 In 2016, Staples tried to merge with rival Office Depot, but the Federal Trade Commission blocked the deal. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "A major retailer will close its midtown Charlotte store soon," 29 June 2018 Steve Schapiro, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, said that detour should stop between 1,200 and 1,500 vehicles per hour from merging into the peak flow out of Manhattan. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "For New Jersey Commuters, a Sequel to the ‘Summer of Hell’," 5 June 2018 Several law firms have tried to merge with Andrews Kurth in the past, including Winston & Strawn, DLA Piper and Orrick. Mark Curriden Of The Texas Lawbook, Houston Chronicle, "Texas corporate law market sees massive shakeup," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of merge

1636, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for merge

Latin mergere; akin to Sanskrit majjati he dives

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merge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of merge

: to cause (two or more things, such as two companies) to come together and become one thing : to join or unite (one thing) with another

: to become joined or united

: to change into or become part of something else in a very gradual way

merge

verb
\ˈmərj \
merged; merging

Kids Definition of merge

: to be or cause to be combined or blended into a single unit The two highways merge ahead.

merge

verb
\ˈmərj \
merged; merging

Legal Definition of merge 

transitive verb

1 : to cause to unite, combine, or coalesce merge one corporation with another

2 : to cause to be incorporated and superseded one effect of a judgment is to merge therein the cause of action on which the action is broughtAmerican Jurisprudence 2d — compare bar sense 3b

intransitive verb

: to become combined : undergo merger

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