- 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
- 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 colorsMore 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.