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consolidate

[kuh n-sol-i-deyt] /kənˈsɒl ɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), consolidated, consolidating.
1.
to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine:
They consolidated their three companies.
2.
to discard the unused or unwanted items of and organize the remaining:
She consolidated her home library.
3.
to make solid or firm; solidify; strengthen:
to consolidate gains.
4.
Military. to strengthen by rearranging the position of ground combat troops after a successful attack.
verb (used without object), consolidated, consolidating.
5.
to unite or combine.
6.
to become solid or firm.
adjective
7.
consolidated (def 2).
Origin
1505-1515
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
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  • The first need of a city whose population has declined radically is to consolidate those neighborhoods that are viable.
  • As pastoral groups consolidate their herds at scarce water points, the frequency of raiding by other groups increases.
  • So could regime change from within, as new regimes behave aggressively to consolidate power.
  • As a result, it makes sense to consolidate that short-term loan into your mortgage if you are able.
  • As the press has noted, the plan would consolidate our myriad and overlapping regulators into fewer, bigger ones.
British Dictionary definitions for consolidate

consolidate

/kənˈsɒlɪˌdeɪt/
verb
1.
to form or cause to form into a solid mass or whole; unite or be united
2.
to make or become stronger or more stable
3.
(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
v.

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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