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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: mergere 'to dive'

merge

verb
     
merge
1 [intransitive and transitive] to combine, or to join things together to form one thing
merge with
The bank announced that it was to merge with another of the high street banks.
The company plans to merge its subsidiaries in the US.
merge something into something
proposals to merge the three existing health authorities into one
merge together
The villages have grown and merged together over the years.
2 [intransitive] if two things merge, or if one thing merges into another, you cannot clearly see them, hear them etc as separate things
merge into
She avoided reporters at the airport by merging into the crowds.
merge with
Memories seemed to merge with reality.

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