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 merges

Contemporary Examples of merges

Historical Examples of merges

  • So the System merges away and evades us when we try to focus against it.

  • The experienced would have recognized in him the youth who merges into manhood.

  • Sobbing goes with grief, laughter with joy, and one often merges into the other.

    Mind and Body

    William Walker Atkinson

  • The first part nearest the mouth is the pharynx which merges gradually into the gullet.

    The Flea

    Harold Russell

  • Do not be deluded, but know: every one who merges in God is not God.

    Letters from a Sf Teacher

    Shaikh Sharfuddn Maner

British Dictionary definitions for merges



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 merges



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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