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[murj] /mɜrdʒ/
verb (used with object), merged, merging.
to cause to combine or coalesce; unite.
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.
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.
to combine or unite into a single enterprise, organization, body, etc.:
The two firms merged last year.
Origin of merge
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.
1, 2, 3. amalgamate, consolidate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for merge
  • Three companies that provide home infusion services announced yesterday that they would merge.
  • Possibly, the answer to the question of how to merge might be: don't.
  • Two stars merge to form a blue straggler in an artist's conception.
  • Futurists and science-fiction writers speculate about a time when brain activity will merge with computers.
  • On ripening fruit, cream-colored concentric areas grow and merge over the whole fruit.
  • If he's right, exponential progress in science and engineering will allow us to merge with machines.
  • The core then collapses into an object so dense that its protons and electrons merge to form neutrons.
  • In a similar way, the protogalaxies would then merge to form galaxies, and the galaxies would congregate into galaxy clusters.
  • After several conversations, the two companies agreed to merge.
  • If that is true under the present arrangements, it will be more so after they merge.
British Dictionary definitions for merge


to meet and join or cause to meet and join
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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