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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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  • It needs a war, not a threat of war, to consolidate Austria and Hungary.

  • I was the one they were going to hang, to consolidate the bond with the old island.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • The Arabs, in their turn, knew how to consolidate their rule.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • We were able to take all our objectives and consolidate them.

  • Finally we reached our last objective and commenced to consolidate.

British Dictionary definitions for consolidate


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 consolidate

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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