- 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.
- to unite or combine.
- to become solid or firm.
Origin of consolidate
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Examples from the Web for consolidate
We eliminated him because we just needed to consolidate for film.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
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“We must consolidate, but not for wars or conflicts, but for hard work in the name of Russia and for Russia,” he said.Putin’s “Humanitarian” Convoy Nears Ukraine, APCs Cross in Secret
August 14, 2014
He wants to consolidate services, closing police and fire stations if necessary.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
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As U.S. soldiers left Iraq at the end of 2011, Maliki then began to consolidate his power.U.S. Aircraft Could Strike Iraq Tomorrow
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The Crimea issue has helped the pro-Russian factions to organize and consolidate.Ukraine Hunts for a Scapegoat
March 20, 2014
It needs a war, not a threat of war, to consolidate Austria and Hungary.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
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
Finally we reached our last objective and commenced to consolidate.
We were able to take all our objectives and consolidate them.
- 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)
C16: from Latin consolidāre to make firm, from solidus strong, solid
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Word Origin and History for consolidate
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