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[kuh n-sol-i-deyt] /kənˈsɒl ɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), consolidated, consolidating.
to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine:
They consolidated their three companies.
to discard the unused or unwanted items of and organize the remaining:
She consolidated her home library.
to make solid or firm; solidify; strengthen:
to consolidate gains.
Military. to strengthen by rearranging the position of ground combat troops after a successful attack.
verb (used without object), consolidated, consolidating.
to unite or combine.
to become solid or firm.
consolidated (def 2).
Origin of consolidate
1505-15; < Latin consolidātus (past participle of consolidāre), equivalent to con- con- + solid(us) solid + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
consolidator, noun
preconsolidate, verb, preconsolidated, preconsolidating.
reconsolidate, verb, reconsolidated, reconsolidating.
unconsolidating, adjective Unabridged
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  • Finally we reached our last objective and commenced to consolidate.

  • It needs a war, not a threat of war, to consolidate Austria and Hungary.

  • And such a Constitution; little short of miraculous: one that shall 'consolidate the Revolution'!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • I was the one they were going to hang, to consolidate the bond with the old island.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The snow particles may be blown for hundreds of miles before they finally come to rest and consolidate.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for consolidate


to form or cause to form into a solid mass or whole; unite or be united
to make or become stronger or more stable
(military) to strengthen or improve one's control over (a situation, force, newly captured area, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin consolidāre to make firm, from solidus strong, solid
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Word Origin and History for consolidate

1510s, "to compact into one body," from Latin consolidatus, past participle of consolidare "to make solid," from com- "together" (see com-) + solidare "to make solid" (see solid). Meaning "to make firm or strong" is from mid-16c. Related: Consolidatedconsolidating.

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