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

Traffic was merged to a single lane on Rosalind Ave. as authorities worked to clear the scene. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Traffic: Crash involving Lynx bus blocks lanes in downtown Orlando," 6 July 2019 Located in the mountainous Mie Prefecture, about one hour south of Kyoto, the former village was merged with nearby Tsu after their population dipped to 4,000 in 2006. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Misugi, Japan," 5 July 2019 Block groups were merged to form an area that best resembled each neighborhood, although not always with perfect alignment. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Almanac: About the data," 30 June 2019 Betty Finn, Veronica's former bestie in the film, is merged with Martha Dunnstock for the musical. Lee Williams | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Heathers: The Musical’ puts Generation X nostalgia front and center," 24 June 2019 But Thomas questioned why Mooney, with larger and steady enrollment, would be merged into Denison, whose enrollment is dwindling. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "New Tremont Montessori school, Karamu House partnership preferred by Cleveland school board," 19 June 2019 Mobile’s longtime provider for the intellectually disabled will be merged next month with AltaPointe Health Systems. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al.com, "Mobile Arc merging with AltaPointe," 10 June 2019 Uber’s marketing, communications, and policy teams will also be merged into one division, led by Jill Hazelbaker, who previously served as senior vice president of communications and public policy. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Uber’s CEO has decided that more of Uber should report to him," 7 June 2019 The two systems operate independently of one another but can be merged to form the more complex system. Quanta Magazine, "Proof Finds That All Change Is a Mix of Order and Randomness," 27 Mar. 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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