- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for merge
It is his ability to merge moral sentiment, theological passion, and policy prescription that lights the fire of his rhetoric.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
In a poll conducted last month by KIIS, only 41 percent of Crimeans wanted to merge with Russia.Why America Must Stop Comparing Ukraine To World War II
March 10, 2014
As a result of the cuts, the two contractors that provided the imagery GeoEye and for DigitalGlobe were forced to merge.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden
February 24, 2014
Chebbi is not alone in her quest to merge religious obligation with fashion and fun.Meet the Mipsterz
January 15, 2014
In June, he refused an order from al-Zawahiri to cease efforts to force al-Nusra to merge with ISIS and to return to Iraq.Syria’s Al Qaeda Gang Wars
January 9, 2014
It seemed to merge into tongues of flame where the lamplight caught it.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
The objects of reality Strike through their shapes that merge and go.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
The trouble with efficiency is that it will merge away into excess.The Book of the Damned
The violins were hushed, the groups turned, tended to merge one into another.The Long Roll
They went reluctantly inside, to merge with the darkness of the interior.Space Prison
- to meet and join or cause to meet and join
- to blend or cause to blend; fuse
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.