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COALESCE [kəʊəˈlɛs] (IN/INTO/AROUND/WITH/WITHIN SOMETHING) (formal) means come together to form a single unit. 

"The fading colors coalesced into a gray blur."
"Within minutes of the event beginning, a great crowd coalesced."

If two or more different things coalesce, they blend or fuse; come, join or grow together to become one. A composer and lyricist might need to rework the text to help it to coalesce with a melody.

"We need to coalesce around legislation".
"The two lakes coalesced into one."

It implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity, like layers of paint that coalesce into images; details that coalesce into a portrait; threads that coalesce into an outline, etc. 

"In the distance, the crowd coalesced into a single blob."
"In 1968, the sound that would become known as heavy metal began to coalesce."

Imagine a process by which two or more droplets, bubbles or particles merge during contact to form a single daughter droplet, bubble or particle — they coalesce.

"There's a tendency for industrial units to coalesce into large groups."

Sometimes, when a bunch of individual components coalesce, the result is way better than any one would have been on its own. Waiting for a plan to come together? You're waiting for it to coalesce. 

"It took a while for the project to coalesce."

A group of people could coalesce of their own accord, or a charismatic leader could coalesce them by inciting their passions, pointing out a common mission, and offering candy and t-shirts at meetings. 

"Never doubt the power of free stuff to coalesce people."

If you are trying to start up a photography club at school, once you have an advisor, some interested students and support from the administration, things will be coalescing or growing together.

"Eventually things began to coalesce." 

The term is widely used in physics, astrophysics, meteorology, genetics, chemistry, computer science, microbiology, geography, linguistics, etc.

"The atoms were coalesced into a larger molecule."

In coalesce, co- means 'together.' The other half of the word comes from 'alescere', a Latin verb meaning 'to grow up.'

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