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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.
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 merged
  • It ruptured gas lines and ignited dozens of fires, many of which soon merged into the disaster's single largest blaze.
  • The rime, if it escapes the danger of excessive prominence, incurs that of being simply merged in the flow of overlapping lines.
  • The single member of the clan or the individual citizen was completely merged in the unity of the tribe or the state.
  • Henceforward the two are merged and their later history is in common.
  • She was hypnotized for purposes of differential diagnosis and she immediately merged into one of her attacks.
  • Some have emerged relatively recently as cultures have merged and hybridized.
  • For this scheme to succeed, the light beams have to be guided and merged with exquisite precision.
  • Although we're sure you didn't mean to do it, the lines from various degree programs merged into one another.
  • New departments are added, and other departments are lost or merged.
  • Different timelines can be combined and displayed on the same page or merged.
British Dictionary definitions for merged


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 merged



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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