V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: the joining together of two or more companies, people, or interests to form a united whole
Synonyms: combination, union, integration, consolidation, joining, alliance
Antonyms: separation, division
Tips: Merger is most often used to describe the combining of two different companies into one. Mergers are usually friendlier and more mutual than takeovers and often involve the creation of a new or joint company name. The verb merge means "to join or unite."
When AOL and Time Warner announced their merger, it was major news across the U.S. (joining, union)
Some worry that every merger in an industry leads us closer to monopolies and higher prices. (joining of two companies, alliance)
Their new stepfather, an avid businessman, asked the children to think of the joining of their two families as a merger in which all sides had something to offer, rather than as a takeover by one side. (union, integration)
The two companies merged into one. (joined, consolidated) verb
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