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[uh-mal-guh-meyt] /əˈmæl gəˌmeɪt/
verb (used with object), amalgamated, amalgamating.
to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine:
to amalgamate two companies.
Metallurgy. to mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.
verb (used without object), amalgamated, amalgamating.
to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce:
The three schools decided to amalgamate.
to blend with another metal, as mercury.
1635-45 amalgam + ate1
Related forms
amalgamable, adjective
amalgamative, adjective
amalgamator, noun
reamalgamate, verb, reated, reating.
unamalgamable, adjective
unamalgamated, adjective
unamalgamating, adjective
unamalgamative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for amalgamate
  • To fully integrate is to eventually assimilate and amalgamate.
  • Some departments grow, some shrink, some amalgamate.
  • Class actions amalgamate many similar but small complaints into one big one.
  • Whisk the mixture to amalgamate.
  • Sometimes he would amalgamate the contents of a couple of baskets.
  • Two groups made a bid at about the same time, and it was suggested they amalgamate.
  • The two companies did not amalgamate before June 28, 1926.
  • Stir in the wine, scraping the casserole to amalgamate all the browned bits.
  • In many cases they will have to specialize or amalgamate to profit most by the mass market.
  • Fletcher's aim in this book is to amalgamate their viewpoints.
British Dictionary definitions for amalgamate


to combine or cause to combine; unite
to alloy (a metal) with mercury
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Word Origin and History for amalgamate
1650s, from pp. adj. (1640s) from amalgam (q.v.). Originally in metallurgy; figurative sense of "to unite" (races, etc.) is attested from 1802.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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