[ uh-mal-guh-meyt ]
/ əˈmæl gəˌmeɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. amalekite,
  2. amalekites,
  3. amalfi,
  4. amalgam,
  5. amalgam tattoo,
  6. amalgamation,
  7. amalgamize,
  8. amalia,
  9. amalthaea,
  10. amalthea

Origin of amalgamate

1635–45 amalgam + -ate1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amalgamate


/ (əˈmælɡəˌmeɪt) /


to combine or cause to combine; unite
to alloy (a metal) with mercury
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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).

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