- to grow together or into one body: The two lakes coalesced into one.
- to unite so as to form one mass, community, etc.: The various groups coalesced into a crowd.
- to blend or come together: Their ideas coalesced into one theory.
- to cause to unite in one body or mass.
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Examples from the Web for coalesce
The environmental community, reeling from the failure of cap and trade, needed a fight around which to coalesce.Keystone Pipeline Is D.C.’s Dumbest Debate
May 12, 2014
Individual tales of loss can generate mass action only if they are able to coalesce into a collective narrative.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
January 28, 2014
While the opposition to Graham has yet to coalesce around a single opponent, he could be in real trouble if it does.South Carolina Court Decision Looms Large For 2016
August 28, 2013
Meanwhile, with or without Lapid, the opposition will finally have the opportunity to coalesce into a common front.What Went Wrong For Netanyahu
January 21, 2013
If ever there was a chance for the cluster of smaller center-left parties to coalesce around a domestic agenda, it's now.Bread And Butter Take Center Stage
October 31, 2012
But, as men out of power, they could not coalesce with those who were in.The Collected Writing of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II
Thomas De Quincey
They have no affinities—no attractions—no tendencies to coalesce.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
Do you see how naturally they coalesce when brought in contact?
Our life is divided into two parts which cannot and will not coalesce.Life's Basis and Life's Ideal
If the sponges are of different species they will not coalesce.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
- (intr) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend
C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish
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Word Origin and History for coalesce
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