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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Building virtual pipelines, Palantir engineers merge all the information into a single platform. Michael Steinberger, New York Times, "Does Palantir See Too Much?," 21 Oct. 2020 The flyover bridge, which was previously scheduled to open in 2019, is located where Hwy. 6 and FM 1960 merge at U.S. 290. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Flyover bridge at US 290 that connects Hwy. 6, FM 1960 set to open this year," 20 Oct. 2020 Once the ostensibly pro-life president receives experimental treatment — tested on cells derived from fetal tissue — for the disease, reality and absurdity merge, severely squeezing the space for satire. Michael Bennett, Washington Post, "How do you write satire in the age of bleach injections? It isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.," 17 Oct. 2020 Participants will merge onto Interstate 275 from their gathering point and circle the highway loop in the middle or right lanes. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "More than 1,000 plan to attend Oct. 24 Cincinnati Trump parade on I-275," 9 Oct. 2020 Years from now these protests and this plague will somehow merge into one communal experience, the wearing of a face mask to a protest a cultural signifier as evocative of a time as flapper dresses and peace signs were for prior generations. Karl Taro Greenfeld, Town & Country, "Are We the Next Lost Generation?," 6 Oct. 2020 This year, the two sites didn’t merge with Spanish Fort earning the title at St. Paul’s and Bayside Academy winning the championship at the UMS-Wright site. Dennis Victory, al, "HS volleyball update: Bayside Academy, Spanish Fort win tournaments, Grissom coach honored," 5 Oct. 2020 Plenty of private companies would rather merge with a blank-check firm than go through the time-consuming and expensive process of raising money through a more traditional initial public offering. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Playboy is going public," 1 Oct. 2020 California fires could merge into a 1M-acre mega-inferno Crews grappling with two fierce blazes in Northern California kept a wary eye Thursday on potentially turbulent winds that could whip up the two wildfires. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Firefighters fear a mega-inferno is on the way," 1 Oct. 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

28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merge. Accessed 29 Oct. 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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