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amalgamate

[ uh-mal-guh-meyt ]
/ əˈmæl gəˌmeɪt /
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verb (used with object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.

to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce: The three schools decided to amalgamate.
to blend with another metal, as mercury.

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consolidate, incorporate, mingle, alloy, coalesce, unite, merge, fuse, combine, meld, compound, integrate, intermix, admix, ally, pool, network, interface

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Origin of amalgamate

1635–45 amalgam + -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for amalgamate

amalgamate

/ (əˈmælɡəˌmeɪt) /

verb

to combine or cause to combine; unite
to alloy (a metal) with mercury
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for amalgamate

amalgamate


v.

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).

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