Definition of coalesce in English:



  • 1 Come together to form one mass or whole.

    ‘the puddles had coalesced into shallow streams’
    • ‘The separate voices coalesced into joyous chorus.’
    • ‘Indeed, distinct therapies like naturopathy, Ayurveda, and acupuncture have coalesced into an industry that both works with and competes against mainstream medicine.’
    • ‘As work in feminist bioethics coalesces, several key objectives are becoming discernible.’
    • ‘Since our solar system is believed to have formed when dust and ice bands circling the sun coalesced into planets, this may help scientists understand how solar systems are created.’
    • ‘But the particles eventually coalesced into boulder-size bodies, some of which ultimately merged to make planet-size embryos.’
    • ‘Bushwalkers and boaters, environmentalists and literati coalesced into a single, vocal force.’
    • ‘The neoplastic cells frequently exhibited solid growth with a necrotic center, which frequently coalesced into a large, massive infarctlike necrotic region with geographic borders.’
    • ‘Then, over time, my emotions coalesced into a cold, focused hatred.’
    • ‘The love they had shared, the love that renewed with each passing day and moments of togetherness had coalesced into a raging fury of hatred and contempt.’
    • ‘The past week had coalesced into this one moment.’
    • ‘By 1990 the party's predecessor committees coalesced into the Green Party and adopted a national platform.’
    • ‘Its themes coalesced into a single concern: how to deal with fracture?’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the water collects in small, coalescing passageways and eventually trickles out of each glacier.’
    • ‘There were different elements, of course; but somehow these individual elements seemed to coalesce into one whole.’
    • ‘The total effect is cumulative, incremental, until all the elements coalesce in a unique kind of theatrical gravity.’
    • ‘By 3100 BC the Nile Valley and Delta had coalesced into a single entity’
    • ‘Within each decade of the twentieth century, these six factors ebbed and flowed, coalescing in unique combinations.’
    • ‘Across from the door, at the far side of the Hall, the two balconies coalesced into a single larger balcony that was built over the kitchen.’
    • ‘All coalesced into that extraordinary historical moment which fostered the largest, most radical, black political force in American history.’
    • ‘Under the influence of the strong, hot winds, fires already burning quickly coalesced into an ocean of flame.’
    unite, join together, combine, merge, fuse, mingle, meld, blend, intermingle, amalgamate, consolidate, integrate, affiliate, link up, homogenize, synthesize, converge
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    1. 1.1[with object]Combine (elements) in a mass or whole.
      ‘his idea served to coalesce all that happened into one connected whole’
      • ‘He stops for a moment, maybe trying to coalesce his thoughts, then tries again.’
      • ‘The internal media surface incorporates a layer of oil attractant, which coalesces any oil splashes and drains them back to the reservoir.’
      • ‘The left needs to coalesce its resources around direct legal action against the right.’
      • ‘A Pakistan-mediated power-sharing arrangement failed to coalesce the competing parties into a national government.’
      • ‘When a coalescence event occurs, two lines of ancestry are picked, uniformly at random, and are coalesced to form one resulting line.’
      • ‘Action was taken in an expeditious manner before the public could become sufficiently informed to coalesce any opposition or provide a comprehensive debate.’
      • ‘I don't know how to coalesce my observations into a coherent picture.’
      • ‘We must build a new, electoral bloc, coalescing the parties and individuals of the left; a coalition that will combine grassroots activism with electoral strategy.’
      • ‘Simply put, they coalesce disparate dance movements into a tasty pop-dance package - feel free to enjoy.’
      • ‘Social grievances are now coalescing deep disgust and frustration.’
      • ‘Even though he was a Democrat, he was the hero of Franklin Roosevelt for the way he coalesced the war effort between 1941 and 1945.’
      • ‘I shall try and coalesce my thoughts into something readable as soon as I can think of something.’
      • ‘Pragmatists try to coalesce the quest for truth and the quest for justification by trotting out what Williams labels ‘the indistinguishability argument’.’
      • ‘‘This is a big opportunity to coalesce many different functions that currently exist and get to a high standard of training across the board,’ said Jones.’
      • ‘It can serve as the foundation for coalescing a nation and building a sound state.’
      • ‘Immediately popular, it helped to coalesce people around the movement.’
      • ‘It is understood the leaked report will recommend a single authority for the whole region, meaning that most boards will be coalesced or abolished.’
      • ‘Further compressing data after the data has already been coalesced or compacted can achieve even greater storage efficiency.’
      • ‘By the 1990s, with an ageing health conscious population, scientists from academia and the commercial world coalesced their thinking to create the trend we now know as functional foods.’
      • ‘A new management plan for the marine park coalesced the interests of diverse user groups in the late 1990s.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin coalescere grow together, from co- (from cum with) + alescere grow up (from alere nourish).