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 merge (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 Mestizos, those who were born of European and Indigenous blood, began to take what they had been passed down from their native ancestors and merge it with European dances, always integrating a touch of México. Nadia Cantú, AZCentral.com, 6 Oct. 2021 At the same time, China is seeking to reinforce its own rare earths dominance, with rumblings that the central government will merge all rare earth companies into two giant firms to maximize control and leverage. Mary Hui, Quartz, 28 Sep. 2021 At that time, the goal was to close nearby Immaculate Conception and merge its parish into St. Thomas. Don Stacom, courant.com, 28 Sep. 2021 The data contains the longitude and latitude of each infraction, which allowed reporters to merge it with demographic data from the Census Bureau. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 The biggest challenge is to merge it with Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Quanta Magazine, 24 June 2021 The former Alibaba executive founded trucking startup Yunmanman that year, and agreed to merge it with competitor Huochebang in 2017, ending a costly battle for market share as the novel services spent heavily to win more users. Yue Wang, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Russia's largest, state-run bank Sber has acquired the local music streaming company Muzlab to merge it with its own service, SberZvuk, in a bid to beef up its streaming business. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, 21 Apr. 2021 Another idea was to merge it with Labor Day as Dallas does. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merge. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for merge

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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