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

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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

Facebook has quietly released an app called Lasso that lets users create fun, short videos designed to compete with TikTok, the viral 15-second video app that recently merged with Musical.ly. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Facebook quietly launches a TikTok competitor app called Lasso," 9 Nov. 2018 For her first-ever partnership with a fashion brand, Koop collaborated with Cuyana on its New Office Collection, a range of pieces that merge the contemporary woman's working wardrobe with her everyday pieces. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama's Stylist Meredith Koop Just Launched Her First Fashion Collaboration," 11 Oct. 2018 This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that merges with the ground. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can walk on the roof of this sloping brick library in India," 21 Sep. 2018 BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti has suggested that the site could eventually merge with rival online publishers like Vice and Vox Media to negotiate better terms with platforms like Facebook and Google. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Learning to love robots," 20 Nov. 2018 While jump-starting Renault, Mr. Ghosn shifted Nissan’s focus toward the profitable U.S. market, and set about blending two very different corporate cultures without merging the two companies. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Saved Nissan, but Couldn’t Drive Off Into the Sunset," 20 Nov. 2018 The agreement suggests that Stephen's conduct may date to his time coaching another youth team called the Mavericks, a program that merged to form the Barnstormers in 2005. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 The agreement suggests that Stephen’s conduct may date to his time coaching another youth team called the Mavericks, a program that merged to form the Barnstormers in 2005. Ryan J. Foley, The Seattle Times, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 22 Oct. 2018 Truth be told, not many people will see this partial eclipse, thanks to its location: The moon's shadow will mostly fall over the open ocean waters that lie between Australia and Antarctica — the region where the Indian and Pacific oceans merge. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Friday the 13th Eclipse Visible to Lucky Few," 11 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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