Meaning of “merger” in the English Dictionary

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"merger" in British English

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mergernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɜː.dʒər/ us /ˈmɝː.dʒɚ/

C2 an occasion when two or more companies join together to make one larger company:

She's an attorney who advises companies about mergers and takeovers.
The merger of these two companies would create the world's biggest accounting firm.

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  • The merger proved to be very lucrative for both companies.
  • The shareholders seem to think that the executive board is overstating the case for a merger.
  • Announcement of the merger is expected to ramp up share prices over the next few days.
  • Following the merger, he was retired with a generous pension.
  • Shareholders will be voting on the proposed merger of the companies next week.

(Definition of “merger” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"merger" in American English

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mergernoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɜr·dʒər/

the combining of two or more companies or organizations into one

(Definition of “merger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"merger" in Business English

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mergernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɜːdʒər/ us FINANCE, LAW

a situation when two or more companies, organizations, departments, etc. join together:

The boards finally approved the merger between the two energy groups.
merger of two companies, etc. The proposed merger of the two fund managers will create a new group with £200 billion of assets under management.
The CEO thought a friendly merger would revitalize the company.
plan/propose/seek a merger There was speculation that Glaxo was planning a merger with New York-based Pfizer.
agree/approve a merger Shareholders voted to approve the merger last week.
block/oppose a merger The finance minister blocked the merger in June.
merger agreement/deal/plan The bank said it would press ahead with the merger plan.
merger negotiations/talks The group's share price fell sharply following the collapse of merger talks.
a failed/successful/unsuccessful merger

(Definition of “merger” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)