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verb (used without object),co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing.
  1. to grow together or into one body: The two lakes coalesced into one.

  2. to unite so as to form one mass, community, etc.: The various groups coalesced into a crowd.

  1. to blend or come together: Their ideas coalesced into one theory.

verb (used with object),co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing.
  1. to cause to unite in one body or mass.

Origin of coalesce

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin coalēscere, equivalent to co- co- + al- (stem of alere “to nourish, make grow”) + -escere -esce

Other words for coalesce

Other words from coalesce

  • co·a·les·cence, noun
  • co·a·les·cent, adjective
  • non·co·a·les·cence, noun
  • non·co·a·les·cent, adjective
  • non·co·a·les·cing, adjective
  • un·co·a·les·cent, adjective

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How to use coalesce in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for coalesce


/ (ˌkəʊəˈlɛs) /

  1. (intr) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend

Origin of coalesce

C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish

Derived forms of coalesce

  • coalescence, noun
  • coalescent, adjective

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