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.
- 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.
- intransitive v. To grow firm and hard; to unite and become solid.
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
Latin cōnsolidāre, cōnsolidāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + solidāre, to make firm (from solidus, firm; see sol- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin consolidare, from solidus ("solid"). (Wiktionary)