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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.
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.
Contemporary Examples

If Palestinians are that dangerous, then why merge the segregated roads?
Israeli Bypass Roads: Separate But Unequal Maysoon Zayid August 11, 2013

The Daily Pic: Two artists get a program to merge our idols.
Photoshop for Divines Blake Gopnik May 22, 2013

This was in the mid-1970s, long before Jerry Springer could merge those issues into a single episode.
Laura Bush Is No Betty Ford Matt Latimer May 3, 2010

The American Football League and National Football League jointly announced an intent to merge on June 8, 1966.
Why the NFL Has Awarded Super Bowl 2014 to Cold-Weather East Rutherford Evan Weiner February 4, 2013

It points to your urge to merge so deeply with someone that you function as a unit.
Horoscopes: The Week of March 27 Starsky + Cox March 25, 2011

Historical Examples

Yes, a new sensation, and one in which Lennan’s restless feelings seemed to merge and vanish.
The Dark Flower John Galsworthy

There it narrowed abruptly, to merge into the sheer wall of the canyon.
Space Prison Tom Godwin

Its notes throughout are on the minor key, but these merge at last into a strain of triumph.
The Hart and the Water-Brooks; John R. Macduff

We seemed to be at the parting of the way where East and West meet and merge.
The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi’s A. Mildred Cable

The mercantile code has not yet done so, but the wealthy class has attempted to merge itself in or to imitate the feudal class.
What Social Classes Owe to Each Other William Graham Sumner

to meet and join or cause to meet and join
to blend or cause to blend; fuse

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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