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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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  • The building up and consolidating of our position in Argentina is one of the proudest exploits of English industry.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • The opponents of consolidating principles went into opposition.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • This is an act for consolidating and amending the statutes relating to offences against the person.

  • He's consolidating his position, possibly on the pretense that plots have been discovered.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • Thus no little progress has been made in consolidating the French possessions in Senegambia with those on the coast of Guinea.

British Dictionary definitions for consolidating


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 consolidating



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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