1. The act or an instance of merging: a merger of technique and creativity.
2. An absorption of one corporation by another, with the corporation being absorbed losing its separate identity and governance.
3. Law An absorption of a lesser estate, contract, criminal offense, right, or liability into a succeeding larger one, resulting in the extinction of the former.
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