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[koh-uh-les] /ˌkoʊ əˈlɛs/
verb (used without object), coalesced, coalescing.
to grow together or into one body:
The two lakes coalesced into one.
to unite so as to form one mass, community, etc.:
The various groups coalesced into a crowd.
to blend or come together:
Their ideas coalesced into one theory.
verb (used with object), coalesced, coalescing.
to cause to unite in one body or mass.
1535-45; < Latin coalēscere, equivalent to co- co- + al- (stem of alere to nourish, make grow) + -ēscere -esce
Related forms
coalescence, noun
coalescent, adjective
noncoalescence, noun
noncoalescent, adjective
noncoalescing, adjective
uncoalescent, adjective
1, 2. unite, combine, join. 2. amalgamate, fuse, blend, merge. Unabridged
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  • Most cosmic crashes involve two galaxies of similar size or smaller galaxies coalescing into a larger one.
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  • It makes me wonder about the potential for coalescing stakeholders' otherwise divergent interests.
  • Once there, water droplets form around tiny particles of dust and biological debris, eventually coalescing into clouds.
  • When the fifth reason comes into play, it is easier to see why our metropolitan regions are coalescing into these sub-centers.
  • It seems to be coalescing into a series of local protests in a few key cities, which was probably the next logical step anyway.
  • If anything, too much is going on, with ideas unfolding at dazzling speed but not always coalescing.
  • The convection is becoming centralized and coalescing.
  • But the levels seem to insist on coalescing with one another.
British Dictionary definitions for coalescing


(intransitive) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend
Derived Forms
coalescence, noun
coalescent, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish
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Word Origin and History for coalescing



1540s, from Latin coalescere "to unite, grow together, become one in growth," from com- "together" (see co-) + alescere "to grow up" (see adolescent). Related: Coalesced; coalescing; coalescence; coalescent.

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