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[koh-uh-les] /ˌkoʊ əˈlɛs/
verb (used without object), coalesced, coalescing.
to grow together or into one body:
The two lakes coalesced into one.
to unite so as to form one mass, community, etc.:
The various groups coalesced into a crowd.
to blend or come together:
Their ideas coalesced into one theory.
verb (used with object), coalesced, coalescing.
to cause to unite in one body or mass.
Origin of coalesce
1535-45; < Latin coalēscere, equivalent to co- co- + al- (stem of alere to nourish, make grow) + -ēscere -esce
Related forms
coalescence, noun
coalescent, adjective
noncoalescence, noun
noncoalescent, adjective
noncoalescing, adjective
uncoalescent, adjective
1, 2. unite, combine, join. 2. amalgamate, fuse, blend, merge. Unabridged
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  • They are totally distinct the one from the other, and can never, by any operation, be brought to coalesce.

    The Lord's Coming C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • They have no affinities—no attractions—no tendencies to coalesce.

  • They often coalesce and interconnect to form mazy patterns of great complexity.

    Mazes and Labyrinths W. H. Matthews
  • Our life is divided into two parts which cannot and will not coalesce.

  • Neither in effect can coalesce with the other and retain a right to exist.

    William Blake Algernon Charles Swinburne
British Dictionary definitions for coalesce


(intransitive) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend
Derived Forms
coalescence, noun
coalescent, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish
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Word Origin and History for coalesce

1540s, from Latin coalescere "to unite, grow together, become one in growth," from com- "together" (see co-) + alescere "to grow up" (see adolescent). Related: Coalesced; coalescing; coalescence; coalescent.

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