Definition of merger in US English:

merger

noun

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

    ‘a merger between two supermarket chains’
    ‘local companies ripe for merger or acquisition’
    • ‘But it is the story of a culture clash, and a textbook example for why mergers so often go so horribly wrong.’
    • ‘Because cooperation was legal, there was less pressure for industry-wide mergers.’
    • ‘Many big mergers are paid for with shares, and big changes in those can derail deals before they complete.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brokerages rely on huge investment banking fees from stock and bond offerings and mergers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He sees the job of a mergers regulator as setting down clear standards for companies to follow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems that evolutionary growth was limited and the industry saw mergers and acquisitions as the answer.’
    • ‘Other mergers seek to make cost-savings by integrating operations, sometimes on a world scale.’
    • ‘Over the last few years, there have been several high profile mergers within the industry.’
    • ‘Legacy issues and integration problems following mergers and acquisitions.’
    • ‘During the 1980s mergers and acquisitions were primarily aimed at buying hard assets.’
    • ‘One important factor here was the development of large-scale business through mergers.’
    • ‘Once mergers of that scale have already occurred, then the whole industry is pretty much consolidated out.’
    • ‘What is at first glance surprising is that so few mergers and acquisitions of banks have fallen into the antitrust net.’
    amalgamation, combination, merging, union, fusion, coalition, affiliation, coupling, unification, incorporation, coalescence, consolidation, confederation, hook-up, link-up
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

merger

/ˈmərjər//ˈmərdʒər/