[ uh-mal-guh-meyt ]
See synonyms for: amalgamateamalgamated on

verb (used with object),a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.
  1. to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine: to amalgamate two companies.

  2. Metallurgy. to mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.

verb (used without object),a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.
  1. to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce: The three schools decided to amalgamate.

  2. to blend with another metal, as mercury.

Origin of amalgamate

1635–45 amalgam + -ate1

Other words from amalgamate

  • a·mal·ga·ma·ble, adjective
  • a·mal·ga·ma·tive, adjective
  • a·mal·ga·ma·tor, noun
  • re·a·mal·ga·mate, verb, re·a·mal·ga·mat·ed, re·a·mal·ga·mat·ing.
  • un·a·mal·ga·ma·ble, adjective
  • un·a·mal·ga·mat·ed, adjective
  • un·a·mal·ga·mat·ing, adjective
  • un·a·mal·ga·ma·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use amalgamate in a sentence

  • He had heard the amalgamator, and whirled like lightning and dashed out of the mill and into the darkness.

  • That slavery is a great amalgamator, no one acquainted with the blended colors of the South will, for a moment, deny.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus | American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Some manufacturers use an amalgamator to distribute these uniformly through the soap, which eliminates at least one milling.

    Soap-Making Manual | E. G. Thomssen
  • In that day the third-class amalgamator of distinct things was often on the bench of quarter-sessions.

British Dictionary definitions for amalgamate


/ (əˈmælɡəˌmeɪt) /

  1. to combine or cause to combine; unite

  2. to alloy (a metal) with mercury

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