verb (used with object), merged, merg·ing.

to cause to combine or coalesce; unite.
to combine, blend, or unite gradually so as to blur the individuality or individual identity of: They voted to merge the two branch offices into a single unit.

verb (used without object), merged, merg·ing.

to become combined, united, swallowed up, or absorbed; lose identity by uniting or blending (often followed by in or into): This stream merges into the river up ahead.
to combine or unite into a single enterprise, organization, body, etc.: The two firms merged last year.

Origin of merge

First recorded in 1630–40, merge is from the Latin word mergere to dip, immerse, plunge into water
Related formsmer·gence, nounan·ti·merg·ing, adjectivede·merge, verb (used with object), de·merged, de·merg··merge, verb, re·merged, re·merg·ing.un·merge, verb (used with object), un·merged, un·merg·ing.

Synonyms for merge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for merge

Contemporary Examples of merge

Historical Examples of merge

  • It seemed to merge into tongues of flame where the lamplight caught it.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • The objects of reality Strike through their shapes that merge and go.

  • The trouble with efficiency is that it will merge away into excess.

  • The violins were hushed, the groups turned, tended to merge one into another.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • They went reluctantly inside, to merge with the darkness of the interior.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for merge



to meet and join or cause to meet and join
to blend or cause to blend; fuse
Derived Formsmergence, noun

Word Origin for merge

C17: from Latin mergere to plunge
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Word Origin and History for merge

1630s, "to plunge or sink in," from Latin mergere "to dip, dip in, immerse, plunge," probably rhotacized from *mezgo, from PIE *mezg- "to dip, plunge" (cf. Sanskrit majjati "dives under," Lithuanian mazgoju "to wash"). Legal sense of "absorb an estate, contract, etc. into another" is from 1726. Related: Merged; merging. As a noun, from 1805.

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