consolidate

[[t]kənsɒ̱lɪdeɪt[/t]]
consolidates, consolidating, consolidated
1) VERB If you consolidate something that you have, for example power or success, you strengthen it so that it becomes more effective or secure.

[V n] The question is: will the junta consolidate its power by force?...

[V n] Brydon's team-mate Martin Williamson consolidated his lead in the National League when he won the latest round.

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consolidation [[t]kənsɒ̱lɪde͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft N of n

But change brought about the growth and consolidation of the working class...

Even if not total, the Romans' hold was sufficient for them to begin the task of consolidation.

2) VERB To consolidate a number of small groups or firms means to make them into one large organization.

[V n] Judge Charles Schwartz is giving the state 60 days to disband and consolidate Louisiana's four higher education boards...

[V n] IBM, which consolidated some operations last summer, has made clear that it needs to continue to streamline them.

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consolidation plural N-VAR

This consolidation meant having to reduce the numerical strength of the Army...

Further consolidations in the industry could follow.


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  • consolidate — con‧sol‧i‧date [kənˈsɒldeɪt ǁ ˈsɑː ] verb [intransitive, transitive] 1. to make your position of power or success stronger and more likely to continue: • His successful negotiations with the Americans helped him to consolidate his position. •… …   Financial and business terms

  • consolidate — con·sol·i·date /kən sä lə ˌdāt/ vt dat·ed, dat·ing: to join together into one whole: as a: to combine (two or more lawsuits or matters that involve a common question of law or fact) into one compare class action ◇ Consolidation of matters in the… …   Law dictionary

  • Consolidate — Con*sol i*date, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Consolidated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Consolidating}.] 1. To make solid; to unite or press together into a compact mass; to harden or make dense and firm. [1913 Webster] He fixed and consolidated the earth. T.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Consolidate — Con*sol i*date, a. [L. consolidatus, p. pr. of consolidare to make firm; con + solidare to make firm; solidus solid. See {Solid}, and cf. {Consound}.] Formed into a solid mass; made firm; consolidated. [R.] [1913 Webster] A gentleman [should… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Consolidate — Con*sol i*date, v. i. To grow firm and hard; to unite and become solid; as, moist clay consolidates by drying. [1913 Webster] In hurts and ulcers of the head, dryness maketh them more apt to consolidate. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consolidate — (v.) 1510s, to compact into one body, from L. consolidatus, pp. of consolidare to make solid, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + solidare to make solid (see SOLID (Cf. solid)). Meaning to make firm or strong is from mid 16c. Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • consolidate — *compact, unify, concentrate Analogous words: *integrate, articulate, concatenate: amalgamate, merge, fuse, blend (see MIX): condense, compress (see CONTRACT vb): *weave, knit Contrasted words: melt, *liquefy: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • consolidate — [v] combine; make firm add to, amalgamate, amass, band, bind, blend, build up, bunch up, cement, centralize, compact, compound, concatenate, concentrate, condense, conjoin, connect, densen, develop, federate, fortify, fuse, harden, hitch, hitch… …   New thesaurus

  • consolidate — ► VERB 1) make stronger or more solid. 2) combine into a single unit. DERIVATIVES consolidation noun consolidator noun. ORIGIN Latin consolidare, from solidus solid …   English terms dictionary

  • consolidate — [kən säl′ə dāt΄] vt., vi. consolidated, consolidating [< L consolidatus, pp. of consolidare < com , together + solidare, to make solid < solidus, solid: see HOLO ] 1. to combine into a single whole; merge; unite 2. to make or become… …   English World dictionary

  • consolidate — 01. Motokazu Corporation has announced plans to [consolidate] its manufacturing and sales subsidiaries in an attempt to increase overall business efficiency. 02. His stupid behavior at the party has certainly [consolidated] his reputation as a… …   Grammatical examples in English

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