from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To unite into one system or whole; combine: consolidated five separate agencies into a single department.
  • transitive v. To make strong or secure; strengthen: She consolidated her power during her first year in office.
  • transitive v. To make firm or coherent; form into a compact mass.
  • intransitive v. To become solidified or united.
  • intransitive v. To join in a merger or union: The two firms consolidated under a new name.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To combine into a single unit; to group together or join.
  • v. To make stronger or more solid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed into a solid mass; made firm; consolidated.
  • intransitive v. To grow firm and hard; to unite and become solid.
  • transitive v. To make solid; to unite or press together into a compact mass; to harden or make dense and firm.
  • transitive v. To unite, as various particulars, into one mass or body; to bring together in close union; to combine.
  • transitive v. To unite by means of applications, as the parts of a broken bone, or the lips of a wound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make solid or firm; unite, compress, or pack together and form into a more compact mass, body, or system; make dense or coherent.
  • To bring together and unite firmly into one mass or body; cause to cohere or cleave together: as, to consolidate the forces of an army, or materials into a compound body.
  • Used specifically— in surgery, of uniting the parts of a broken bone or the lips of a wound by means of applications
  • in legislation, of combining two or more acts into one;
  • in law, of combining two or more actions, corporations, or benefices into one;
  • in finance, of uniting different sources of public revenue into a single fund, or different evidences of public debt into a single class (see consolidated). Synonyms To combine, compact, condense, compress.
  • To grow firm and compact; coalesce and become solid: as, moist clay consolidates by drying.
  • Formed into a solid mass or system.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring together into a single whole or system
  • v. make or form into a solid or hardened mass
  • v. form into a solid mass or whole
  • v. unite into one
  • v. make firm or secure; strengthen


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin cōnsolidāre, cōnsolidāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + solidāre, to make firm (from solidus, firm; see sol- in Indo-European roots).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin consolidare, from solidus ("solid").


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