\ ˈmərj How to pronounce merge (audio) \
merged; merging

Definition of merge

transitive verb

1 : to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce (see coalesce sense 2) merged the two companies
2 : to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions individuality and uniqueness are merged and blurred— Norman Kelman
3 archaic : to plunge or engulf in something : immerse

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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mergence \ ˈmər-​jən(t)s How to pronounce mergence (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The family's lawyer has merged their different asylum cases into one, and their next hearing in immigration court is scheduled for July. CBS News, "More parents deported without their kids may be able to return to the U.S. — if advocates can find them," 18 Feb. 2020 Instead of going public through a traditional stock sale or direct listing of shares, Virgin Galactic merged with an already existing blank check firm named Social Capital Hedosophia. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Virgin Galactic shares have skyrocketed more than 200% already this year," 18 Feb. 2020 Unlike the high-speed collisions between planetesimals in hierarchical accretion, in particle-cloud collapse, particles merge gently, slowly growing larger. Fox News, "NASA’s New Horizons mission sheds new light on how planets form," 15 Feb. 2020 Vantage merged with McAllen’s Inter National Bank in late 2018. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio banks benefiting from area’s strong economy," 13 Feb. 2020 When Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting in 1995, the company agreed to pick up an additional cable news network on top of CNN, one of its subsidiaries. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "DOJ Won't Tackle Politically Biased Media: "It's Not Our Job"," 12 Feb. 2020 Between 1945 and 1965, 421 daily newspapers merged or closed, most of them in cities. Nicholas Lemann, The New York Review of Books, "Can Journalism Be Saved?," 11 Feb. 2020 That’s unlike the norm, when two companies agree to merge and share information and planning throughout the process. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Why a strong dollar isn’t always good and taking a chance on a diabetes disrupter," 26 Jan. 2020 Unveiled on the Maison Margiela runway during its Paris couture week show, the sneaker merges iconic styles from both brands. Sara Radin,, "The Dad Sneaker Now Has a Split Toe, Thanks To Reebok & Maison Margiela," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of merge

1636, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for merge

Latin mergere; akin to Sanskrit majjati he dives

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The first known use of merge was in 1636

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23 Feb 2020

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“Merge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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


\ ˈmərj How to pronounce merge (audio) \
merged; merging

Kids Definition of merge

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


\ ˈmərj How to pronounce merge (audio) \
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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