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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Recent Examples on the Web Financial regulators are said to be considering urging problematic lenders with less than 100 billion yuan ($14 billion) of assets to merge or restructure. Washington Post, "China’s Shifting Approach to Bank Bailouts," 11 Nov. 2019 The soon-to-be-merged ViacomCBS had been seen as a potential buyer for Miramax, as the conglomerate has been speculated to be on the hunt for assets as mogul Shari Redstone builds up the recombined company. Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, "Viacom Bows Out of Bidding for Miramax Library," 9 Nov. 2019 That would mean stemming the losses at the tech firms owned by the Vision Fund and selling down more assets; SoftBank is already trying to merge Sprint with T-Mobile, a rival. The Economist, "Hard times for SoftBank," 7 Nov. 2019 Small companies are expected to merge, while others go bankrupt. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming," 3 Nov. 2019 For BeiGene, the partnership bolsters its existing commercial operations in China, which already sells certain cancer medicines owned by Celgene (CELG), soon to be merged into Bristol-Myers Squibb. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Amgen acquires stake in BeiGene to expand cancer drug business to China," 31 Oct. 2019 Costa has gone on to merge his experience in both the restaurant and financial industries, developing projects in the L.A. dining and technology scenes. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "McFly’s Bird Shoppe and Unplugged set opening date in Five Points South," 29 Oct. 2019 The depression is expected to merge with a cold front and become post-tropical Friday night. Allen Kim And Dave Hennen, CNN, "Tropical depression forms in the gulf, could become Tropical Storm Olga," 25 Oct. 2019 The disparate white supremacist cells were attempting to merge into a body—a National CSA Confederacy—and like any good conference, pre-registration was required. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "The Forgotten Christian Terror Cult That Presaged Trump’s Memes," 22 Oct. 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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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Merge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merges. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for merge

merge

verb
How to pronounce merge (audio)

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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