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 spent the last two years of his life proselytizing, consolidating political
  power, and continuing to receive revelations.
Limit the number of trucks delivering food by consolidating purchasing.
Perhaps, but the settlement creates a fundamental change in the digital world
  by consolidating power in the hands of one company.
The laundry room is ideal, homeowners are finding, for consolidating activities
  previously scattered throughout the house.
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