coalesce

[koh-uh-les]
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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.
  3. 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

1535–45; < Latin coalēscere, equivalent to co- co- + al- (stem of alere to nourish, make grow) + -ēscere -esce
Related formsco·a·les·cence, nounco·a·les·cent, adjectivenon·co·a·les·cence, nounnon·co·a·les·cent, adjectivenon·co·a·les·cing, adjectiveun·co·a·les·cent, adjective

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coalesce

verb
  1. (intr) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend
Derived Formscoalescence, nouncoalescent, adjective

Word Origin for coalesce

C16: from Latin coalēscere from co- + alēscere to increase, from alere to nourish
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Word Origin and History for coalesce
v.

1540s, from Latin coalescere "to unite, grow together, become one in growth," from com- "together" (see co-) + alescere "to grow up" (see adolescent). Related: Coalesced; coalescing; coalescence; coalescent.

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