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

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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After Honeywell then-Chief Executive David Cote made a failed attempt at merging with United Technologies in 2016, his successor Darius Adamczyk has preferred to focus on streamlining his company and making small, strategic software bets. Brooke Sutherland, latimes.com, "Mega-deal between United Technologies and Raytheon upends the aerospace playing field," 11 June 2019 In Washington, medical patients feel they were pushed aside when that state merged its medical and general-use markets, which is also what’s happening in California. Angeliki Kastanis, BostonGlobe.com, "Broad pot legalization can hurt the medical marijuana industry, AP finds," 11 June 2019 In Washington, medical patients feel they were pushed aside when that state merged its medical and general-use markets, which also is what's happening in California. Gillian Flaccus And Angeliki Kastanis, chicagotribune.com, "Broad legalization cuts into medical marijuana, analysis shows," 11 June 2019 In Washington, medical patients feel they were pushed aside when that state merged its medical and general-use markets, which also is what's happening in California. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Medical pot takes hit when weed legal for all," 11 June 2019 In Washington, medical patients feel they were pushed aside when that state merged its medical and general-use markets, which also is what’s happening in California. Washington Post, "AP analysis: Broad legalization cuts into medical marijuana," 11 June 2019 That began to change in 1997, when Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas, a defense company. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Now, the big question is whether the iPad and the Mac will ever truly merge as products. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "iPadOS Isn't Just a Name. It's a New Direction for Apple," 9 June 2019 More than a half-dozen sources, including two with direct knowledge of the deal, have confirmed to Billboard that UTA is exploring buying a controlling stake in Paradigm or merging the two companies. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "UTA in Talks With Paradigm for Potential Merger," 7 June 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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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

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