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merge Syllabification: merge

Definition of merge in English:


1Combine or cause to combine to form a single entity: [no object]: the utility companies are cutting costs and merging with other companies [with object]: the company plans to merge its U.S. oil production operations with those of a London-based organization the files were merged using the patient identification code as the common variable
join (together), join forces, amalgamate, unite, affiliate, team up, link (up)
amalgamate, bring together, join, consolidate, conflate, unite, unify, combine, incorporate, integrate, link (up), knit, yoke
1.1 [no object] Blend or cause to blend gradually into something else so as to become indistinguishable from it: he crouched low and endeavored to merge into the darkness of the forest [with object]: he placed a sheet of paper over the fresh paint to merge the colors
More example sentences
  • He says the different communities north of Winchester would merge into one indistinguishable mass of housing if Barton Farm were to be built on.
  • Remember those cold winter days when you walked through a park somewhere and the traffic in the distance merged into grey noise?
  • The raags would be different and gradually merge into one.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'immerse (oneself)'): from Latin mergere 'to dip, plunge'. The use in legal contexts is from Anglo-Norman French merger.

  • Latin mergere ‘to dip, plunge’ is the source of merge and emerge (late 16th century). Merge was initially used to mean ‘immerse’ oneself in a particular way of life, with the modern sense appearing in the 19th century via business use.

Words that rhyme with merge

converge, dirge, diverge, emerge, purge, scourge, serge, splurge, spurge, submerge, surge, urge, verge

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