merge

verb
\ 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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Other Words from merge

mergence \ ˈmər-​jən(t)s How to pronounce mergence (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some species have no sexes, just cells that come together and merge. Ilana E. Strauss, The Atlantic, "The Sex Lives of Single-Celled Organisms," 11 Nov. 2020 Sure enough, their model jibed with the real-world observations of how peat fires spread, and how at times individual fires in a landscape merge into several bigger fires. Matt Simon, Wired, "Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math," 5 Nov. 2020 The crisis in local journalism, which has forced more than 1,800 U.S. newspapers to close or merge since 2004, has left some of them as the sole remaining daily paper in college towns. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Covid Is the Big Story on Campus. College Reporters Have the Scoop.," 4 Nov. 2020 Another is that the snow does little to help and the two fires merge in Rocky Mountain National Park and create a megafire in one of the West’s most popular recreational areas. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Colorado Contends with Record-Setting Wildfires," 26 Oct. 2020 The transaction marks the latest in a global wave of energy transactions, as companies merge after a drop in energy prices this year. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "Cenovus and Husky to Merge in $2.89 Billion Deal," 25 Oct. 2020 The cutbacks include the announcement earlier this month that the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on Canal Street would close and merge at a later date into the aquarium to save an $1.5 million annually. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Audubon Institute in 'dire situation,' asks to borrow $10 million for urgent help," 23 Sep. 2020 Now, as the two concepts merge, so will the stories, Asher said. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "This famous Phoenix tiki bar is moving. Here's everything you need to know," 9 Sep. 2020 Officials said that containing the fires was a secondary priority on Wednesday, although there was concern some fires south of Portland could merge and become a much larger inferno that would be more difficult for firefighters to handle. Gillian Flaccus And Sara Cline, chicagotribune.com, "Firefighters struggle to contain ‘unprecedented’ Pacific Northwest wildfires across large swath of Washington state and Oregon," 9 Sep. 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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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merge. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for merge

merge

verb
How to pronounce merge (audio)

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 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.

merge

verb
\ 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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