merger

noun

merg·​er ˈmər-jər How to pronounce merger (audio)
1
law : the absorption of an estate, a contract, or an interest in another, of a minor offense in a greater, or of a cause of action into a judgment
2
a
: the act or process of merging
b
: absorption by a corporation of one or more others
also : any of various methods of combining two or more organizations (such as business concerns)

Examples of merger in a Sentence

The law firm announced its $50 million merger with one of its competitors. If the proposed merger of the two oil companies goes through, it would be bad for the economy.
Recent Examples on the Web The planned Saks-Neiman Marcus merger seeks to wrest back some control. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 5 July 2024 The merger would be the first deal under the state’s 2021 COPA law. Rachel Roubein, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 With a stock price nearly one-third of its level at the time of the merger close and $14.6 billion in long-term debt at the end of 2023, Paramount has developed an intensifying need for a transaction. Anthony D'alessandro, Deadline, 2 July 2024 So far this year, shares of Trump Media, which went public on the Nasdaq under the ticker DJT on March 26 after completing its merger with Digital World Acquisition Corp., are up 110%. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for merger 

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Word History

Etymology

merge + -er (as in waiver)

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of merger was in 1728

Dictionary Entries Near merger

Cite this Entry

“Merger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merger. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

merger

noun
merg·​er ˈmər-jər How to pronounce merger (audio)
: the combination of two or more businesses into one

Legal Definition

merger

noun
merg·​er ˈmər-jər How to pronounce merger (audio)
1
: the absorption of a lesser estate or interest into a greater one held by the same person compare confusion
2
: the incorporation and superseding of one contract by another
3
a
: the treatment (as by statute) of two offenses deriving from the same conduct such that a defendant cannot be or is not punished for both especially when one offense is incidental to or necessarily included in the other
a merger of offenses in a statute
a merger of convictions
b
: the doctrine according to which such offenses must be merged compare double jeopardy

Note: Merger commonly involves the interpretation of statutes and legislative intent in deciding whether two or more offenses deriving from the same conduct remain distinct.

4
: a doctrine in civil litigation: a judgment in favor of a plaintiff incorporates and supersedes the cause of action and any claims based on it and requires that further litigation in the case by the defendant be concerned with the judgment itself compare bar sense 3b, estoppel by judgment at estoppel sense 2a, res judicata
5
: the superseding of a prior agreement in a divorce case by the divorce decree
6
a
: the act or process of merging
b
: absorption by one corporation of another
also : any of various methods of combining two or more organizations (as business concerns) compare consolidate
cash merger
: a merger in which shareholders in the company to be absorbed receive cash for their shares rather than shares in the absorbing company a tender offer to be followed by a cash merger see also cash out
de facto merger
: a merger that is characterized by the issuance of stock to the corporation to be absorbed rather than an outright purchase of assets for cash, by continued participation of the shareholders, directors, and employees of the absorbed corporation, and by an assumption of liabilities by the absorbing corporation

Note: Shareholders in a de facto merger are considered to have the same right to an appraisal of the fair value of their shares as shareholders in a statutory merger.

short-form merger
: an accelerated statutory merger between a subsidiary and a parent corporation that controls a large specified majority of shares in the subsidiary
statutory merger
: a merger performed in accordance with relevant statutes that require specific procedures for the notification and approval of shareholders

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