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.’
    • ‘One important factor here was the development of large-scale business through mergers.’
    • ‘Others feel betrayed as mergers are seen to undermine disciplinary integrity.’
    • ‘The deal's size and the poor history of tech mergers made it a long shot from the start.’
    • ‘Because cooperation was legal, there was less pressure for industry-wide mergers.’
    • ‘During the 1980s mergers and acquisitions were primarily aimed at buying hard assets.’
    • ‘Legacy issues and integration problems following mergers and acquisitions.’
    • ‘Once mergers of that scale have already occurred, then the whole industry is pretty much consolidated out.’
    • ‘Many big mergers are paid for with shares, and big changes in those can derail deals before they complete.’
    • ‘The new merger law provides the basis for voluntary or compulsory mergers and acquisitions.’
    • ‘Over the last few years, there have been several high profile mergers within the industry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is at first glance surprising is that so few mergers and acquisitions of banks have fallen into the antitrust net.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it is the story of a culture clash, and a textbook example for why mergers so often go so horribly wrong.’
    • ‘He sees the job of a mergers regulator as setting down clear standards for companies to follow.’
    • ‘It seems that evolutionary growth was limited and the industry saw mergers and acquisitions as the answer.’
    • ‘Brokerages rely on huge investment banking fees from stock and bond offerings and mergers.’
    • ‘However, neither of these approaches provided a clear path to the control of mergers.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The object of this provision was to provide a mechanism for merger control where none existed at national level.’
      • ‘It is very evident that the rigour with which merger control is enforced depends in part on the agenda of the Minister.’
      • ‘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.