merge

verb
\ ˈmərj How to pronounce merge (audio) \
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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

This is what happens when pop merges with urban rhythms. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "The 7 Best Ozuna Collaborations of 2018 (So Far)," 25 June 2018 After Good Samaritan Hospital merged with Helix Health System in 1994, Mr. Oakey was named president and CEO of the Helix Health System and retained that position until 1997. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "James A. Oakey, former president of Good Samaritan Hospital and Mercy High School board member, dies," 20 June 2018 His immediate aim is to influence Cara’s vote on an advisory committee considering whether the two school districts — Stillwell’s and Patchett’s, both fictional — should merge. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ Sells Upward Mobility for Dummies," 6 June 2018 Near the end of yesterday's WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, acknowledged that people have been asking for a long time whether Apple would ever merge the iPhone and Mac operating systems. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's Software Chief Details How iOS Apps Will Run on Macs," 5 June 2018 Last year, Kraft Heinz entertained the possibility of merging with Campbell Soup, which was undergoing a strategic review, but a deal didn’t materialize. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "It Shook the Food Business by Snagging Burger King, Kraft and Heinz. Now 3G Is Reeling.," 22 Feb. 2019 Designers are embracing a more unisex, or non-gendered, approach to dressing, and creating a more cohesive message each season by merging the gap between their men’s and women’s lines. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Is How Beyoncé Borrows From the Boys," 1 Feb. 2019 The four-bedroom, three-bath property coined Kinderhill Farm features an early 19th-century farmhouse merged with a larger federal style main house. Megan Barber, Curbed, "19th-century estate with picture-perfect red barn wants $2M," 6 Dec. 2018 Last April, Walmart agreed to merge British arm Asda Group into Sainsbury in a deal that valued the U.K. business at about £7.3 billion ($9.5 billion). Ian Walker, WSJ, "Walmart’s Multibillion-Dollar U.K. Merger Faces Big Hurdle," 20 Feb. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'merge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about merge

Statistics for merge

Last Updated

23 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for merge

The first known use of merge was in 1636

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for merge

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 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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on merge

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with merge

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for merge

Spanish Central: Translation of merge

Nglish: Translation of merge for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of merge for Arabic Speakers

Comments on merge

What made you want to look up merge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!