- 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 consolidating
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But, by consolidating risk in the United States, Wilson's bill does the exact opposite of good insurance practice.The Beach House Bailout
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The opponents of consolidating principles went into opposition.Robert Toombs
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He's consolidating his position, possibly on the pretense that plots have been discovered.Empire
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The devil himself had taken pleasure in consolidating its foundations.The Law of Civilization and Decay
Consolidating and amending acts have since been passed in most of these states.
The universalism of the Prophets was inadequate for the consolidating of a nation.Jewish History
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- 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 consolidating
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