verb (used with object), con·sol·i·dat·ed, con·sol·i·dat·ing.

  1. to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine: They consolidated their three companies.
  2. to discard the unused or unwanted items of and organize the remaining: She consolidated her home library.
  3. to make solid or firm; solidify; strengthen: to consolidate gains.
  4. Military. to strengthen by rearranging the position of ground combat troops after a successful attack.

verb (used without object), con·sol·i·dat·ed, con·sol·i·dat·ing.

  1. to unite or combine.
  2. to become solid or firm.


  1. consolidated(def 2).


  1. to form or cause to form into a solid mass or whole; unite or be united
  2. to make or become stronger or more stable
  3. military to strengthen or improve one’s control over (a situation, force, newly captured area, etc)

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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