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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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  • He spent the last two years of his life proselytizing, consolidating political power, and continuing to receive revelations.
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  • The laundry room is ideal, homeowners are finding, for consolidating activities previously scattered throughout the house.
  • Audiences are at once fragmenting into niches and consolidating around blockbusters.
  • The dairy industry is rapidly consolidating as demand grows in the emerging world.
  • Some firms have shut down, others are consolidating or scraping by.
  • Trading houses are also trying to improve their efficiency by consolidating operations.
  • Hanson is one of the few available aggregate-makers in a consolidating market.
  • consolidating the peace will require care, and cash.
British Dictionary definitions for consolidating

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 consolidating

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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