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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of consolidare, from com- ( COM-) + solidus 'solid'

consolidate

verb
     
con‧sol‧i‧date [intransitive and transitive]
1 to strengthen the position of power or success that you have, so that it becomes more effective or continues for longer:
The company has consolidated its position as the country's leading gas supplier.
The team consolidated their lead with a third goal.
2 to combine things in order to make them more effective or easier to deal with:
We consolidate information from a wide range of sources.
They took out a loan to consolidate their debts.
The company is planning to consolidate its business activities at a new site in Arizona.
consolidation noun [uncountable and countable]
the consolidation of political power

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