amalgamate [ uh- mal-g uh-meyt] Word Origin verb (used with object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing. to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine: to amalgamate two companies. . Metallurgy to mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury. verb (used without object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing. to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce: The three schools decided to amalgamate. to blend with another metal, as mercury. Related forms a·mal·ga·ma·ble, adjective a·mal·ga·ma·tive, adjective a·mal·ga·ma·tor, noun re·a·mal·ga·mate, verb, re·at·ed, re·at·ing. un·a·mal·ga·ma·ble, adjective un·a·mal·ga·mat·ed, adjective un·a·mal·ga·mat·ing, adjective un·a·mal·ga·ma·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for reated to combine or cause to combine; unite to alloy (a metal) with mercury
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Word Origin and History for reated v.
1650s, back-formation from
amalgamation, or from adjective amalgamate (1640s) from amalgam. Originally in metallurgy; figurative sense of "to unite" (races, etc.) is attested from 1802. Related: Amalgamated; amalgamating. Earlier verb was amalgamen (1540s).
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