merge

verb
\ ˈmərj \
merged; merging

Definition of merge 

transitive verb

1 archaic : to plunge or engulf in something : immerse

2 : to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce (see coalesce sense 2) merged the two companies

3 : to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions individuality and uniqueness are merged and blurred —Norman Kelman

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 \ noun

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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 dunes migrate with the wind, sometimes merging or extending long fingers that spawn new dunes. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mars 'ghost' dunes may have evidence of alien life," 13 July 2018 Some couples keep their finances separate, others merge everything completely, and many fall somewhere in the middle. W. David Kern, Cincinnati.com, "How and why new couples should talk about finances," 11 July 2018 The sprawling, 11-square-mile piece of land straddles Interstates 20 and 30 (near where the two highways merge) and is in the Aledo school district. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This former ranch could have 50,000 Fort Worth residents. 'In 10 years, this will be a city in itself'," 9 July 2018 Turn left and drive 1.5 miles, merge onto I-5 North and continue 10.5 miles to Exit 751 for Edgewood/Gazelle. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Mount Eddy’s ‘reveal moment’ of giant Shasta," 5 July 2018 Peter’s company eventually merged with Henri Nestle’s two companies, and Peter’s invention was dubbed the Nestle chocolate bar. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 In October 2015, many news accounts of an epic traffic jam on China's G4 highway outside Beijing blamed the congestion on a checkpoint where 50 lanes merge down to fewer than 20. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World’s Widest Highway Spans a Whopping 26 Lanes," 18 June 2018 Barbara Crowley, the Safe Grad chair, said the event price doubled after Enfield High and Enrico Fermi merged. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Tag Sale Raises Money For Safe Grad Night," 12 June 2018 Through the rain, Southerland got herself into the middle of the pack along the outside as the field merged together. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks' Sabrina Southerland stumbles, finishes 7th in 800 at NCAA track championships," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of merge

1636, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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 \
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 \
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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