merger

noun
merg·​er | \ ˈmər-jər How to pronounce merger (audio) \

Definition of merger

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
2a : 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 Headspace Health, which was formed last year with the merger of telemental health service Ginger and mindfulness app Headspace, announced the acquisition of Sayana, an AI mental health app. Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 Nathanson estimates the combined Warner Bros. Discovery (assuming regulators approve the merger) will deploy $26.7 billion on content this year, including sports programming. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 Bill Groman had 1,473 in his rookie season for the 1960 Houston Oilers before the AFL-NFL merger. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 9 Jan. 2022 The $31 billion merger would combine the Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads. Sarah Freishtat, chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 The deal is one piece in a series of agreements between Amazon and Ram parent Stellantis, which formed last year from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA Group. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 Business Council has also consulted on the merger of the department with the Department of Human Services into the Department of Health and Human Services. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 The merger of indie presses Black Ocean and Not a Cult into a new publishing group offers new path for competitive small-press publishing in the digital era. Jesse Damiani, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The merger marks a busy expansion time for Federation, which was set up in 2013, headed by Pascal Breton and co-directed by Lionel Uzan. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 4 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of merger

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for merger

merge + -er (as in waiver)

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15 Jan 2022

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“Merger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merger. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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merger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of merger

: the act or process of combining two or more businesses into one business

merger

noun
merg·​er | \ ˈmər-jər How to pronounce merger (audio) \

Kids Definition of merger

: the combination of two or more businesses into one

merger

noun
merg·​er | \ ˈmər-jər How to pronounce merger (audio) \

Legal Definition of merger

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
3a : 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
6a : 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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