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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 merging
  • Colleges have heard similar promises in the past from merging software companies, only to see product lines cut a few years later.
  • But now all sorts of national and worldwide trends are merging to increase the importance of higher education.
  • Some are merging academic departments, but few are eliminating them outright.
  • It was the merging of the two that made my results much more meaningful.
  • Together they create beautiful songs with rhythms and tunes easily merging into each other.
  • His monochromatic work is executed with graphite sticks and gesso washes, merging drawing with painting.
  • Expanding that, and eliminating duplication, is a move toward merging the two companies into a single automaker.
  • For the first time, astronomers have watched the spiraling dance performed by two stars merging into a single star.
  • Current theory is that large galaxies formed over time from the interaction and merging of smaller galaxies.
  • The two galactic cores would orbit each other for another three billion years before merging.
British Dictionary definitions for merging


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 merging



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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