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converge

Line breaks: con|verge
Pronunciation: /kənˈvəːdʒ
 
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Definition of converge in English:

verb

[no object]
1(Of lines) tend to meet at a point: a pair of lines of longitude are parallel at the equator but converge toward the poles
More example sentences
  • The medium, whether air or water, flows smoothly over top and bottom, and the flow lines converge toward their initial spacing and position.
  • While it seems self-apparent that parallel lines will never converge, later mathematicians were caught up in studying this particular axiom in more depth.
  • It's where our main subway lines converge, where uptown meets downtown, where east meets west.
Synonyms
meet, intersect, cross, come together, connect, link up, coincide;
join, unite, merge
1.1Come together from different directions so as eventually to meet: convoys from America and the UK traversed thousands of miles to converge in the Atlantic
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  • At the breakdown our back row would then be converging from two different directions.
  • Pre-existing winds, those not created by the storm, are relatively light, converging or coming together near the surface from different directions.
  • Because of these concerns converging together in recent weeks, anxiety about the direction of the country has escalated.
Synonyms
close in on, bear down on, descend on;
approach, draw near/nearer to, come close/closer to, move towards
1.2 (converge on/upon) Come from different directions and meet at (a place): half a million sports fans will converge on the capital for the London Marathon
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  • You currently have all the blocks moving from different directions converging on the Arctic by large angles, yet the Arctic itself got bigger.
  • Instead we spilled out of the coaches earlier and joined the throngs already converging on the city centre by foot.
  • Masses of people converged on the city centre to a feast of entertainment and fun.
1.3(Of a number of things) gradually change so as to become similar or develop something in common: the aims of the two developments can and should converge
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  • Based on a novel by Ruth Rendell, this compelling tale is told in neat subsections which gradually converge.
  • Edgy technology converges with pop culture and creates a new kind of social connectivity.
  • I am amazed by its astounding diversity where so many cultures converge in a spirit of oneness and harmony.
2 Mathematics (Of a series) approximate in the sum of its terms towards a definite limit: the powers of E therefore converge very slowly indeed
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  • In fact, the sequence converges to a limit whose value is 2.7182818.
  • Since these series converge very rapidly, they can be used to calculate the digits of [pi] and other numbers.
  • This is an arduous task by hand with a series which converges as slowly as this.

Origin

late 17th century: from late Latin convergere, from con- 'together' + Latin vergere 'incline'.

Words that rhyme with converge

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

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