\ 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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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 Huismann joined Talawanda in May 2018 after Mother of Mercy merged with McAuley. Shelby Dermer,, "Cincinnati high school sports: 10 best moments from 2019-20 season," 16 Mar. 2020 Take that exit and merge onto Sir Francis Drake and drive 5.5 miles to Fairfax (look for Fairfax Market on the right and set odometer) and then continue 1.1 miles to Glen Drive. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to Loma Alta Preserve in Marin County," 23 Feb. 2020 From downtown, cars take lengthy detour southwest before turning back to merge onto eastbound I-10 and hit the tunnel. al, "So, what’s it like to ride a Gotcha scooter in Mobile?," 10 Jan. 2020 According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, Bristol was driving after a fleeing car that crashed while attempting to merge onto an interstate. Washington Post, "2 men charged in death of officer killed during foot chase," 10 Jan. 2020 Such a taxi service needs to be able to travel at freeway speeds, merge onto crowded highways, and make left-hand turns in the face of fast-moving traffic. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo is way, way ahead on testing miles—that might not be a good thing," 7 Jan. 2020 Outside town, the bus merged onto the Dalton Highway. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 There’s an exit ramp coming off I-75 south to merge onto I-285 West. John Thompson, ajc, "TAKE TO TASK," 21 Dec. 2019 According to the criminal complaint, around 2 p.m. on Feb.5, Benson was trying to merge from northbound Interstate 35W onto eastbound Interstate 94. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man gets 7 years for shooting school bus driver after I-35W crash," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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22 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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


\ 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.


\ 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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