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Definition of merge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    merge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɜːrdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they merge
    BrE BrE//mɜːdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɜːrdʒ//
     
    he / she / it merges
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdʒɪz//
     
    past simple merged
    BrE BrE//mɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɜːrdʒd//
     
    past participle merged
    BrE BrE//mɜːdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɜːrdʒd//
     
    -ing form merging
    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to combine or make two or more things combine to form a single thing The banks are set to merge next year. The two groups have merged to form a new party. merge with something His department will merge with mine. merge into something The villages expanded and merged into one large town. merge (A and B) (together) Fact and fiction merge together in his latest thriller. merge A with B His department will be merged with mine. merge something The company was formed by merging three smaller firms.
  2. 2[intransitive] merge (into something) if two things merge, or if one thing merges into another, the differences between them gradually disappear so that it is impossible to separate them The hills merged into the dark sky behind them.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘immerse oneself’): from Latin mergere ‘to dip, plunge’; the legal sense is from Anglo-Norman French merger.Extra examples The company announced plans to merge with its biggest rival. The figures gradually merged into the darkness. The government decided to merge the two agencies together. The two groups later merged to form Interdrug. This group eventually merged into the Communist Party. plans to merge the council with the six smaller district councils They looked towards the point where the hills and sky merged.Idioms
    merge into the background
     
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    (of a person) to behave quietly when you are with a group of people so that they do not notice you
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: merge