consolidate[kən säl′ə dāt′]
- An example of consolidate is when you pour two half empty boxes of cereal into one big box.
- An example of consolidate is when you strengthen your fund-raising efforts.
intransitive verbconsolidated, consolidating
- to combine into a single whole; merge; unite
- to make or become strong, stable, firmly established, etc.: the troops consolidated their position
- to make or become solid or compact
Origin of consolidate; from Classical Latin consolidatus, past participle of consolidare ; from com-, together + solidare, to make solid ; from solidus, solid: see holo-
verbcon·sol·i·dat·ed, con·sol·i·dat·ing, con·sol·i·dates
- To unite into one system or whole; combine: consolidated five separate agencies into a single department.
- To make strong or secure; strengthen: She consolidated her power during her first year in office.
- To make firm or coherent; form into a compact mass.
- To become solidified or united.
- To join in a merger or union: The two firms consolidated under a new name.
Origin of consolidateLatin cōnsolidāre, cōnsolidāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + solidāre, to make firm (from solidus, firm; see sol- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present consolidates, present participle consolidating, simple past and past participle consolidated)
(comparative more consolidate, superlative most consolidate)
- (obsolete) Formed into a solid mass; made firm; consolidated.