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amalgamate

[uh-mal-guh-meyt] /əˈmæl gəˌmeɪt/
verb (used with object), amalgamated, amalgamating.
1.
to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine:
to amalgamate two companies.
2.
Metallurgy. to mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.
verb (used without object), amalgamated, amalgamating.
3.
to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce:
The three schools decided to amalgamate.
4.
to blend with another metal, as mercury.
Origin of amalgamate
1635-1645
1635-45 amalgam + ate1
Related forms
amalgamable, adjective
amalgamative, adjective
amalgamator, noun
reamalgamate, verb, reated, reating.
unamalgamable, adjective
unamalgamated, adjective
unamalgamating, adjective
unamalgamative, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amalgamate

amalgamate

/əˈmælɡəˌmeɪt/
verb
1.
to combine or cause to combine; unite
2.
to alloy (a metal) with mercury
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Word Origin and History for amalgamate
v.

1650s, back-formation from amalgamation, or from adjective amalgamate (1640s) from amalgam. Originally in metallurgy; figurative sense of "to unite" (races, etc.) is attested from 1802. Related: Amalgamated; amalgamating. Earlier verb was amalgamen (1540s).

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