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verb merge pronunciation in American English /mɜrdʒ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemerging
past tensemerged
past participlemerged
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if two organizations merge, or if you merge them, they combine to form one bigger organization

    Two of Indonesia’s top banks are planning to merge.

    merge something with something:

    He has plans to merge his own company with another unnamed media giant.

    merge with:

    Small publishers were forced to merge with larger companies.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if two things merge, they combine or become mixed so that you can no longer tell the difference between them
    merge into/with:

    The hills merged into the dark sky behind them.

    For her, work and life merge into one another.


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