merged; merging

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become combined into one
The two banks merged.
: to blend or come together without abrupt change
merging traffic
mergence noun
Choose the Right Synonym for merge

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Davis, who purchased a majority stake in Univision in 2020, merged it with Mexican TV provider Grupo Televisa in 2022. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 26 Nov. 2023 She’s now engaged and figuring out how to best merge her finances with her partner. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 25 Nov. 2023 One year later, in 2013, Play Magazines was merged with another Google news app, Google Currents, to create Google Play Newsstand. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2023 By mid-2018, astronomers figured that the Milky Way had merged with a few small galaxies throughout its lifetime, but that most of these were minor events. WIRED, 12 Nov. 2023 Initially intended to be two separate gatherings, the country decided to merge them into one to expedite the process in response to the escalating violence, according to the Saudi Foreign Ministry. CBS News, 11 Nov. 2023 In this flavorful cranberry apple pie recipe, the tart cranberries and apples soften, and the flavors merge together. Marianne Williams, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 Imagine the syrup-y cinnamon-y goodness of pecan pie mixed with the flavorful, creaminess of a pumpkin pie harmoniously merged together inside one solid crust. Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 So while Japanese family lines remained intact from generation to generation, European family lines merged, concentrating wealth into fewer and fewer hands. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin mergere; akin to Sanskrit majjati he dives

First Known Use

1636, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of merge was in 1636

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Cite this Entry

“Merge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


merged; merging
: to be or cause to be swallowed up or absorbed in something else : mingle, blend
merging traffic
: combine sense 3a, unite
merge two business firms into one

Legal Definition


merged; merging

transitive verb

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