verb \ ˈmərj \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of merge

merged; merging
1 archaic : to plunge or engulf in something : immerse
2 : to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce (see coalesce 2)
  • merged the two companies
3 : to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions
  • individuality and uniqueness are merged and blurred
  • —Norman Kelman
1 : to become combined into one
  • The two banks merged.
2 : to blend or come together without abrupt change
  • merging traffic


play \ˈmər-jən(t)s\ noun

Examples of merge in a Sentence

  1. To save the business, the owners decided to merge it with one of their competitors.

  2. The two banks merged to form one large institution.

  3. Many small companies have been forced to merge.

  4. Three lanes of traffic all merge at this point.

  5. Day slowly merged into night.

  6. Along the coast the mountains gradually merge with the shore.

  7. She merged into the crowd and disappeared.

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Origin and Etymology of merge

Latin mergere; akin to Sanskrit majjati he dives

Synonym Discussion of 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

MERGE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of merge for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb \ ˈmərj \

Definition of merge for Students

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

Law Dictionary


verb \ ˈmərj \

legal Definition of merge

merged; merging
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 brought
  • American Jurisprudence 2d
— compare bar 3b
: to become combined : undergo merger

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