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 ).

1505–15; < Latin consolidātus (past participle of consolidāre), equivalent to con- con- + solid(us) solid + -ātus -ate1

consolidator, noun
preconsolidate, verb, preconsolidated, preconsolidating.
reconsolidate, verb, reconsolidated, reconsolidating.
unconsolidating, adjective Unabridged
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consolidate (kənˈsɒlɪˌdeɪt)
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)
[C16: from Latin consolidāre to make firm, from solidus strong, solid]

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Word Origin & History

1510s, "to compact into one body," from L. consolidat-, pp. stem of consolidare, from con- "together" + solidare "to make solid" (see consolidation). Meaning "to make firm or strong" is from c.1540. Related: Consolidating (1660s).
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Example sentences
He earned his nickname by supposedly having his own brothers murdered, to
  consolidate his power.
Research finds that dreams may help consolidate and soothe troubled memories
  and experiences.
He drew from his past and registered the present, but his brain could not
  consolidate a new experience and retain it.
The rich have frequently chosen inbreeding as a means to keep estates intact
  and consolidate power.
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