[kuh n-sol-i-dey-shuh n]


Origin of consolidation

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin consolidātiōn- (stem of consolidātiō), equivalent to Latin consolidāt(us) (see consolidate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscon·sol·i·da·tive, adjectivenon·con·sol·i·da·tion, nounpre·con·sol·i·da·tion, nounpro·con·sol·i·da·tion, adjectivere·con·sol·i·da·tion, nounun·con·sol·i·da·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for consolidation



the act of consolidating or state of being consolidated
something that is consolidated or integrated
  1. the combining of two or more actions at law
  2. the combination of a number of Acts of Parliament into one codifying statute
geology the process, including compression and cementation, by which a loose deposit is transformed into a hard rock
psychol the process in the brain that makes the memory for an event enduring; the process is thought to continue for some time after the event
Derived Formsconsolidative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for consolidation

c.1400, from Late Latin consolidationem (nominative consolidatio), noun of action from past participle stem of consolidare "to make firm, consolidate," from com- "together" (see com-) + solidare "to make solid," from solidus (see solid).

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Medicine definitions for consolidation




The process of becoming a firm solid mass, as in an infected lung when the alveoli are filled with exudate.
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