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

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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merge (mɜːdʒ)
1.  to meet and join or cause to meet and join
2.  to blend or cause to blend; fuse
[C17: from Latin mergere to plunge]

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Word Origin & History

1630s, "to plunge or sink in," from L. mergere "to dip, immerse," probably rhotacized from *mezgo, and cognate with Skt. majjati "dives under," Lith. mazgoju "to wash." Legal sense of "absorption of an estate, contract, etc. into another" is from 1726.
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Example sentences
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.
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