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

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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In the years that followed, Dowling’s art and activism merged. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Finally, a parade for all Southie to love. But what took so long?," 14 July 2018 Thus past, present and future converge to create an artwork whose meaning is immediately accessible but whose spatial and semantic depth successfully merge to produce one of the greatest works of art ever created. —Mr. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 Oceana, which launched in 2001 and merged with AOC a year later, has gone from a $4 million annual budget to $40 million. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Dead & Company Raise More Than $1 Million at Backyard Benefit For Oceana," 9 July 2018 It was created in 1956 on Popkins Lane in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, then closed in the ’80s after merging with Fort Hunt High and becoming what is now West Potomac High. John Kelly, Washington Post, "If your air bag inflates, you don’t want your feet on the dashboard," 9 July 2018 Parker’s 2016 Supreme Court campaign was supported by another ally and neo-Confederate, Michael Peroutka, who travels the country preaching about merging the Bible, the Constitution and Confederate values. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Alabama’s Republican Nominee for Chief Justice Might Be the Only Judge More Racist Than Roy Moore," 8 June 2018 The government has drafted a bill to extend benefits to all workers, including those in informal employment, by merging and simplifying 15 federal labor laws into one. Vrishti Beniwal, Bloomberg.com, "Modi Bets on Election Gains With Welfare Plan for 500 Million Indians," 5 June 2018 San Antonio’s Vantage Bank Texas and McAllen’s Inter National Bank officially announced plans to merge the two banks. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Vantage Bank, Inter National Bank announce merger," 11 July 2018 The pair have announced plans to merge their services in a bid to make the business a global player. BostonGlobe.com, "GE’s Latin America CEO arrested in Brazil health care fraud probe," 5 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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