Definition of amalgamate in US English:



  • 1Combine or unite to form one organization or structure.

    with object ‘he amalgamated his company with another’
    no object ‘numerous small railroad companies amalgamated’
    ‘his true genius lies in synthesis, in an amalgamated vision’
    • ‘Under the plans set out by the Ministry of Defence, the regiment will be amalgamated with other Yorkshire regiments and the name will pass into oblivion by 2007-2008.’
    • ‘The party later amalgamated with the Greens and Hale herself now represents the Greens in the parliament's Legislative Council.’
    • ‘Both insurance subsidiaries have announced their intention to amalgamate.’
    • ‘Now suddenly their land was seized and amalgamated with all the land confiscated from large wealthy farmers, and given over to peasants to work.’
    • ‘My ultimate interest is creating a new hybrid and amalgamated vision by integrating these different languages and variant aesthetics at once.’
    • ‘The East Yorkshire Regiment amalgamated with the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1958 to form the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire.’
    • ‘He was also a keen hurler and in recent years saw his beloved Ballinakill Club amalgamated with Woodford.’
    • ‘The old school is empty since pupils amalgamated with the junior school.’
    • ‘But his true genius lies in synthesis, in an amalgamated vision he can express in the language of computers.’
    • ‘The school, which up to now was independent, is to be amalgamated with St. Patrick's Boys Primary School, to become St Patrick's Primary School.’
    • ‘In 1989 this was restructured so that the smaller local bodies were amalgamated with larger ones.’
    • ‘Part of the community was composed of immigrant workers, such as Polish miners and Italian steelworkers, but they had become effectively amalgamated with their French comrades.’
    • ‘The eleven staff based at the laboratory were also shocked to learn that the lab is to be amalgamated with a proposed new facility for all Munster, based in the County Cork town.’
    • ‘This will possibly lead to rural clubs having to amalgamate to field a team.’
    • ‘In some universities, physics departments have been broken up and amalgamated with other schools, such as engineering.’
    • ‘A business is often sold, purchased, merged, or amalgamated with another business by the purchase and sale of either assets or shares.’
    • ‘The drawings were in large part reorganised and amalgamated with other drawings belonging to the family.’
    • ‘The Salmon Research Trust was transferred into state ownership in 1990 and in 1999 was amalgamated with the Marine Institute.’
    • ‘A Christmas birthday also means a birthday party amalgamated with the festive celebrations.’
    • ‘The following Kent schools have either recently undergone amalgamation or are due to amalgamate.’
    combine, merge, unite, integrate, fuse, blend, mingle, coalesce, consolidate, meld, intermingle, mix, intermix, incorporate, affiliate
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    1. 1.1Chemistry with object Alloy (a metal) with mercury.
      ‘amalgamated zinc’
      • ‘The general course of the decay curves was similar for polished and amalgamated zinc.’
      • ‘Mercury is used by thousands of small-scale miners in the region to amalgamate gold.’
      • ‘Corrosion of pure and amalgamated zinc in pure concentrated solutions was investigated using two methods.’
      • ‘It was furthermore shown that there is at atmospheric pressure very strong tendency for mercury to amalgamate iron.’


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin amalgamat- ‘formed into a soft mass’, from the verb amalgamare, from amalgama (see amalgam).