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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Attempts to merge the radio channels failed, which prevented the two departments from sharing information. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Broward sheriff's deputies took cover behind cars, tree with Parkland shooter believed in school, report says," 2 Oct. 2018 Every part of the house seems to merge with nature, including an infinity pool that appears to drip into greenery. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Greenery camouflages this modern villa in Bali," 17 July 2018 At one point, the club was forced to merge with a paramilitary organization overseen by the Czech army. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Castles and bikes: Harley riders from around the world roll into Prague," 5 July 2018 Continue on Business 80/Highway 50 (signed for I-80 Business/Sacramento/South Lake Tahoe) and drive 5.3 miles to merge with Highway 50. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday getaway to Coloma," 1 July 2018 Jonathan Newhouse said there were no plans to merge staffs of other magazines beyond Condé Nast Traveler at this point. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg to Step Down," 27 Nov. 2018 The two companies, owned by Daimler and BMW respectively, announced plans to merge earlier this year. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Bike-share company Lime launching car-rental service in Seattle," 14 Nov. 2018 While each of his charges carried a maximum sentence of 10 years, prosecutors and the defense agreed to merge the three counts into one for sentencing purposes. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault," 25 Sep. 2018 The carrier has agreed to merge with T-Mobile, but regulators could block the combination. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Sprint Follows Rivals By Complicating Its Unlimited Mobile Data Plans," 12 July 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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