To amalgamate is to combine different things to create something new. Institutions — such as banks, schools, or hospitals — often join forces and amalgamate with one other. But other things — like musical genres — get amalgamated as well.

The verb amalgamate originally referred specifically to the mixture of metals; now however, it refers to any mixing or blending. A school board might decide to amalgamate two schools into one school due to a decrease in the student population, but amalgamating their mascots would be impossible.

Definitions of amalgamate
  1. verb
    bring or combine together or with something else
    synonyms: commix, mingle, mix, unify
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    aggregate, combine
    gather in a mass, sum, or whole
    make a concoction (of) by mixing
    combine, compound
    combine so as to form a whole; mix
    blend, immingle, intermingle, intermix
    combine into one
    incorporate, integrate
    make into a whole or make part of a whole
    unitise, unitize
    make into a unit
    combine (a radio frequency wave) with a locally generated wave of a different frequency so as to produce a new frequency equal to the sum or the difference between the two
    sulfurette, sulphurette
    combine with sulfur
    mix or blend
    combine with carbon
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. adjective
    joined together into a whole
    synonyms: amalgamated, coalesced, consolidated, fused
    characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity
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