Merge vs Penetrate - What's the difference?

merge | penetrate |

As verbs the difference between merge and penetrate

is that merge is to combine into a whole while penetrate is to enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce.

As a noun merge

is a joining together of two flows.




  • To combine into a whole.
  • Headquarters merged the operations of the three divisions.
  • * Burke
  • to merge all natural sentiment in inordinate vanity
  • * De Quincey
  • Whig and Tory were merged and swallowed up in the transcendent duties of patriots.
  • To combine into a whole.
  • The two companies merged .
  • To blend gradually into something else.
  • The lanes of traffic ''merged''.
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    Derived terms

    * merger * mergeable * mergeability


    * amalgamate * combine * conflate * fuse * integrate * unite


    * divide * split


    (en noun)
  • A joining together of two flows.
  • There are often accidents at that traffic merge .


    * English ergative verbs ----





  • To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce.
  • Light penetrates darkness.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1879, title=The Telephone, the Microphone and the Phonograph
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  • (figuratively) To achieve understanding of, despite some obstacle; to comprehend; to understand.
  • I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.
  • * Ray
  • things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate
  • To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to move deeply.
  • to penetrate one's heart with pity
  • * M. Arnold
  • The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.
  • To infiltrate an enemy to gather intelligence.
  • To insert the penis into an opening, such as a vagina or anus. (rfex)
  • Derived terms

    * penetration * penetrable