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merge

[murj] /mɜrdʒ/
verb (used with object), merged, merging.
1.
to cause to combine or coalesce; unite.
2.
to combine, blend, or unite gradually so as to blur the individuality or individual identity of:
They voted to merge the two branch offices into a single unit.
verb (used without object), merged, merging.
3.
to become combined, united, swallowed up, or absorbed; lose identity by uniting or blending (often followed by in or into):
This stream merges into the river up ahead.
4.
to combine or unite into a single enterprise, organization, body, etc.:
The two firms merged last year.
Origin of merge
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin mergere to dip, immerse, plunge into water
Related forms
mergence, noun
antimerging, adjective
demerge, verb (used with object), demerged, demerging.
remerge, verb, remerged, remerging.
unmerge, verb (used with object), unmerged, unmerging.
Synonyms
1, 2, 3. amalgamate, consolidate.
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  • Yes, a new sensation, and one in which Lennan's restless feelings seemed to merge and vanish.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
  • There it narrowed abruptly, to merge into the sheer wall of the canyon.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Its notes throughout are on the minor key, but these merge at last into a strain of triumph.

  • We seemed to be at the parting of the way where East and West meet and merge.

  • The mercantile code has not yet done so, but the wealthy class has attempted to merge itself in or to imitate the feudal class.

British Dictionary definitions for merge

merge

/mɜːdʒ/
verb
1.
to meet and join or cause to meet and join
2.
to blend or cause to blend; fuse
Derived Forms
mergence, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin mergere to plunge
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Word Origin and History for merge
v.

1630s, "to plunge or sink in," from Latin mergere "to dip, dip in, immerse, plunge," probably rhotacized from *mezgo, from PIE *mezg- "to dip, plunge" (cf. Sanskrit majjati "dives under," Lithuanian mazgoju "to wash"). Legal sense of "absorb an estate, contract, etc. into another" is from 1726. Related: Merged; merging. As a noun, from 1805.

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