- to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine: to amalgamate two companies.
- Metallurgy. to mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.
- to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce: The three schools decided to amalgamate.
- to blend with another metal, as mercury.
Origin of amalgamate
Examples from the Web for amalgamate
They seemed very shy of each other, and did not amalgamate at all.
Mercury does not amalgamate with copper so readily as with gold or silver.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
But if you amalgamate your business with that of Captain Danvers's company, you will make 25,000.The Trader's Wife
The law cannot possibly lower its standard, nor yet amalgamate with grace.Notes on the book of Exodus
C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
These sometimes fail to amalgamate, and so the artistic precipitation is cloudy.Iconoclasts
- to combine or cause to combine; unite
- to alloy (a metal) with mercury
Word Origin and History for amalgamate
1650s, back-formation from amalgamation, or from adjective amalgamate (1640s) from amalgam. Originally in metallurgy; figurative sense of "to unite" (races, etc.) is attested from 1802. Related: Amalgamated; amalgamating. Earlier verb was amalgamen (1540s).