verb co·a·lesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

: to come together to form one group or mass


Full Definition of COALESCE

intransitive verb
:  to grow together
a :  to unite into a whole :  fuse <separate townships have coalesced into a single, sprawling colony — Donald Gould>
b :  to unite for a common end :  join forces <people with different points of view coalesce into opposing factions — I. L. Horowitz>
:  to arise from the combination of distinct elements <an organized and a popular resistance immediately coalesced — C. C. Menges>
transitive verb
:  to cause to unite <sometimes a book coalesces a public into a mass market — Walter Meade>
co·a·les·cence \-ˈle-sən(t)s\ noun
co·a·les·cent \-sənt\ adjective

Origin of COALESCE

Latin coalescere, from co- + alescere to grow — more at old
First Known Use: circa 1656

Synonym Discussion of COALESCE

mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity <mix the salad greens> <mix a drink>. mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active <fear mingled with anticipation in my mind>. commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling <a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her>. blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture <blended several teas to create a balanced flavor>. merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole <in his mind reality and fantasy merged>. coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity <telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait>. amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities <refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community>. fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product <a building in which modernism and classicism are fused>.
Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb co·alesce \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\

Medical Definition of COALESCE

:  to grow together
co·ales·cence \-ˈles-ən(t)s\ noun


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