Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite. See Synonyms at mix.
  • transitive v. To mix or alloy (a metal) with mercury.
  • intransitive v. To become combined; unite.
  • intransitive v. To unite or blend with another metal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To merge, to combine, to blend, to join.
  • v. To make an alloy of a metal and mercury.
  • v. To combine (free groups) by identifying respective isomorphic subgroups.
  • adj. coalesced; united; combined

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Coalesced; united; combined.
  • intransitive v. To unite in an amalgam; to blend with another metal, as quicksilver.
  • intransitive v. To coalesce, as a result of growth; to combine into a uniform whole; to blend.
  • transitive v. To compound or mix, as quicksilver, with another metal; to unite, combine, or alloy with mercury.
  • transitive v. To mix, so as to make a uniform compound; to unite or combine

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mix or alloy (a metal) with quicksilver. See amalgamation.
  • In general, to mix so as to make a compound; blend; unite; combine.
  • To form an amalgam; blend with another metal, as quicksilver.
  • To combine, unite, or coalesce, generally: as, two organs or parts amalgamate as the result of growth.
  • United or amalgamated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. joined together into a whole
  • v. to bring or combine together or with something else

Etymologies

From Middle Latin amalgamāt-us, past participle of amalgamā-re, amalgama. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When the word "amalgamate" escaped his lips a storm of hisses and jeers drowned further speech and he quickly crouched down in his seat.

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  • My bet is that they're going to skip or amalgamate a few books, or go the Dexter route and splinter off into a drastically different canon the most logical choice.

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  • To put it in the language of evolutionary psychology, "The richly textured representations we experience as feeling constitute our conscious access to a high-bandwidth system of computational devices and program interfaces that amalgamate valuation information with other representations to guide decision making and to recalibrate decisions in an ongoing way."

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  • They amalgamate seamlessly into any modern living room and add multitude of warmth, charm and seductive beauty to the room.

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  • Analysts are recommending the companies shut more of their facilities, or even amalgamate.

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  • Drawn to the particulars, we try to amalgamate them into an illusionistic head, then get seduced by details again, unable to reconcile the two readings.

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  • Hereford United According to the club: Before the formation of Hereford United there were four leading amateur clubs in Hereford and it was believed that a higher class of football could be sustained if they were to amalgamate.

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  • With the last sentence in her article, it seemed as if in the effort to amalgamate all Muslims into one mass, Ayaan Hirsi Ali established that the only "intolerant" one was herself.

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  • A new work, in particular, is in the position of the blind men and the elephant: everyone who was there can give his or her own piece of the experience, and readers, seeing them all together, can try to amalgamate them into a larger, and more accurate, picture.

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  • A White House adviser, David Plouffe, in an interview with MSNBC, suggested one way out of the impasse would be to amalgamate the House and Senate bills.

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