amalgamate


verb (used with object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.

  1. to mix or merge so as to make a combination; blend; unite; combine: to amalgamate two companies.
  2. Metallurgy. to mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.

verb (used without object), a·mal·ga·mat·ed, a·mal·ga·mat·ing.

  1. to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce: The three schools decided to amalgamate.
  2. to blend with another metal, as mercury.

verb

  1. to combine or cause to combine; unite
  2. to alloy (a metal) with mercury
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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