Definition of merger in English:



  • 1A combination of two things, especially companies, into one.

    ‘a merger between two supermarket chains’
    mass noun ‘local companies ripe for merger or acquisition’
    • ‘Other mergers seek to make cost-savings by integrating operations, sometimes on a world scale.’
    • ‘It seems that evolutionary growth was limited and the industry saw mergers and acquisitions as the answer.’
    • ‘Over the last few years, there have been several high profile mergers within the industry.’
    • ‘What is at first glance surprising is that so few mergers and acquisitions of banks have fallen into the antitrust net.’
    • ‘Because cooperation was legal, there was less pressure for industry-wide mergers.’
    • ‘Once mergers of that scale have already occurred, then the whole industry is pretty much consolidated out.’
    • ‘The new merger law provides the basis for voluntary or compulsory mergers and acquisitions.’
    • ‘However, neither of these approaches provided a clear path to the control of mergers.’
    • ‘During the 1980s mergers and acquisitions were primarily aimed at buying hard assets.’
    • ‘Book value can increase as a result of mergers, and it can go up if a company has just sold a lot of new equity.’
    • ‘You will also need to appoint a lawyer with experience of mergers and acquisitions work.’
    • ‘The travel slump hit earnings across the tourism industry, prompting a number of mergers and profit warnings.’
    • ‘He sees the job of a mergers regulator as setting down clear standards for companies to follow.’
    • ‘Brokerages rely on huge investment banking fees from stock and bond offerings and mergers.’
    • ‘Legacy issues and integration problems following mergers and acquisitions.’
    • ‘The deal's size and the poor history of tech mergers made it a long shot from the start.’
    • ‘Others feel betrayed as mergers are seen to undermine disciplinary integrity.’
    • ‘One important factor here was the development of large-scale business through mergers.’
    • ‘But it is the story of a culture clash, and a textbook example for why mergers so often go so horribly wrong.’
    • ‘Many big mergers are paid for with shares, and big changes in those can derail deals before they complete.’
    amalgamation, combination, merging, union, fusion, coalition, affiliation, coupling, unification, incorporation, coalescence, consolidation, confederation, hook-up, link-up
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    1. 1.1Law mass noun The merging of one estate or title in another.
      ‘merger can be applied for when the freehold and leasehold estates become vested in the same person’
      • ‘It is very evident that the rigour with which merger control is enforced depends in part on the agenda of the Minister.’
      • ‘The object of this provision was to provide a mechanism for merger control where none existed at national level.’
      • ‘The only exception to this is where the head tenancy comes to an end by surrender or merger.’
      • ‘We are far from sure how the doctrine of merger could or would operate in such a case.’
      • ‘First, it is clear that there is no merger of the first and second leases at common law.’


Early 18th century: from Anglo-Norman French merger (verb used as a noun): see merge.