SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing. 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. verb (used with object), co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing. to cause to unite in one body or mass. Origin of coalesce 1535–45;
to nourish, make grow) +
-ēscere -esce Related forms 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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Examples from the Web for coalescent Historical Examples of coalescent British Dictionary definitions for coalescent verb (intr) to unite or come together in one body or mass; merge; fuse; blend Derived Forms coalescence, noun coalescent, 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 coalescent 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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