[ uh-mal-guh-mey-shuh n ]
/ əˌmæl gəˈmeɪ ʃən /


the act or process of amalgamating.
the state or result of being amalgamated.
Commerce. a consolidation of two or more corporations.
Metallurgy. the extraction of precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury.

Origin of amalgamation

First recorded in 1605–15; amalgam + -ation
Related formspre·a·mal·ga·ma·tion, nounre·a·mal·ga·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amalgamation


/ (əˌmælɡəˈmeɪʃən) /


the action or process of amalgamating
the state of being amalgamated
a method of extracting precious metals from their ores by treatment with mercury to form an amalgam
commerce another word for merger (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for amalgamation



1610s, noun of action from archaic amalgam (v.) "to alloy with mercury" (see amalgamate). Figurative, non-chemical sense of "a combining into one uniform whole" is attested from 1775.

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