Define: Merger

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Definition: Merger

Quick Summary of Merger

Two organisations agree to work together in a situation where neither can be regarded as having acquired the other.

What is the dictionary definition of Merger?

Dictionary Definition

  1. The act or process of merging two or more parts into a single unit.
  2. economics The legal union of two or more corporations into a single entity, typically assets and liabilities being assumed by the buying party.
  3. legal An absorption of one or more estate(s) or contract(s) into one other, all being held by the same owner; of several counts of accusation into one judgement, etc.


Full Definition of Merger

Mergers and acquisitions are transactions in which the ownership of companies, corporations, organisations, or their operating units are transferred or consolidated with other entities.

A merger is an agreement that unites two existing companies into one new company.


Examples of Merger in a sentence

The merger has been on the cards for quite some time now.
There are persistent rumours of an impending merger.
The company was pressurised into agreeing to a merger.
The shareholders believe that the executive board may be overstating the necessity for a merger.
Over two hundred jobs are expected to be lost following the merger.
The chairman has clearly stated that the deal should not be seen as a precursor to a merger.
Acceptance of the offer could be construed as taking the first step to a merger.
The board of directors have come out strongly in favour of a merger.
The merger proved to be highly lucrative for all the stakeholders involved.
Shareholders will be voting for or against the merger of the companies.
The merger puts the company in a position where it can potentially double its earnings.
Next month, shareholders will be voting on the proposed merger of the companies.
The press has leaked information about the upcoming merger.
There has been a fair amount of conjecture about an upcoming merger.
The disastrous merger demonstrated how incompatible the two companies really were.
Stakeholder are highly concerned that a merger will lead to higher costs; and as such they are deeply opposed to the idea.
The announcement of the merger is expected to shore up share prices within the next few days.
The airline is currently involved in merger talks with an undisclosed competitor.
As of this moment of time, the proposed merger is far from a done deal.
The proposed merger will further strengthen the company and help ensure its continued success.
There has been a lot of speculation about a possible merger with another leading bank.
Following the merger, the CFO retired with a generous pension.
The merger may lead to the eventual closure of all the company’s Australian offices.
Share prices dropped significantly following news of the merger.
A spokesman for the company confirmed that a merger is indeed highly likely.
The two companies are considering the possibility of a merger.
The proposed merger has been blocked by the government due to concerns about the creation of sector wide monopoly.
The word on the street is that the two companies are planning a merger.
There are concerns about what happens to the factory workers as a result of the merger.

Synonyms For Merger

fusion, merging, amalgamation, consolidation, combination

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Merger are sourced/syndicated from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 23rd December 2018.