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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The festival is the flagship event for the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, an 11-year-old San Francisco organization that produces shows, workshops, and interactive exhibits that merge technology with art, music, and design. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Strap on Your Exoskeleton and Dance, Dance, Dance," 30 July 2019 French communications firm Iliad SA became Italy’s fourth carrier last year after buying assets divested by two larger rivals that merged. Nabila Ahmed, BostonGlobe.com, "Dish agrees to $5 billion deal for wireless assets, setting up mobile service merger," 24 July 2019 These are the tools that merge makeup application and skin care. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Beautyblender Just Launched Makeup Brushes, and We’ve Got the Exclusive Details," 17 July 2019 So for me, an awesome day is a day that merges both of those. Lulu Graham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outfit Dissecting with Tracy Georgiou," 17 July 2019 Mark van Praagh invents his own fluid scripts in works that merge writing, painting and sculpture. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 Karst thinks that the boy in the film is hawking a copy of the old New Orleans Item, an afternoon paper that later merged with the Times-Picayune. Gwen Thompkins, The New Yorker, "An Eight-Second Film of 1915 New Orleans and the Mystery of Louis Armstrong’s Happiness," 8 July 2019 While the setting is modest, the plates are filled with pyrotechnics, showy but thoughtful multi-component affairs that nimbly merge disparate flavors and techniques to compelling effect. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 After merging with other teams in the area, the team has grown from about nine to 50 members, the maximum capacity. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "‘We’re like the forgotten people’: Chicago Riots junior roller derby offers rough-and-tumble community of acceptance," 18 July 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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