Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To unite into one system or whole; combine.
  • intransitive verb To make strong or secure; strengthen.
  • intransitive verb To make firm or coherent; form into a compact mass.
  • intransitive verb To become solidified or united.
  • intransitive verb To join in a merger or union.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Formed into a solid mass; made firm; consolidated.
  • transitive verb To make solid; to unite or press together into a compact mass; to harden or make dense and firm.
  • transitive verb To unite, as various particulars, into one mass or body; to bring together in close union; to combine.
  • transitive verb (Surg.), rare To unite by means of applications, as the parts of a broken bone, or the lips of a wound.
  • intransitive verb To grow firm and hard; to unite and become solid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To combine into a single unit; to group together or join.
  • verb To make stronger or more solid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb bring together into a single whole or system
  • verb make or form into a solid or hardened mass
  • verb form into a solid mass or whole
  • verb unite into one
  • verb make firm or secure; strengthen

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin cōnsolidāre, cōnsolidāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + solidāre, to make firm (from solidus, firm; see sol- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin consolidare, from solidus ("solid").

Examples

  • Sleep helps your brain consolidate information, so without that recovery time, you're unable to file away important data.

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  • Sleep helps your brain consolidate information, so without that recovery time, you're unable to file away important data.

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  • Sleep helps your brain consolidate information, so without that recovery time, you're unable to file away important data.

    The Cost Of Lost Shut-Eye

  • Sleep helps your brain consolidate information, so without that recovery time, you're unable to file away important data.

    The Cost Of Lost Shut-Eye

  • They fear that uncertainty going into the Democratic convention at the end of August will merely help John McCain consolidate his Republican base and win over independents and moderate Democrats.

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  • The real driver behind the desire to consolidate is globalisation -- a force that is dramatically changing how companies compete and succeed.

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  • Since all assertions must be carefully examined in order to benefit from what they may contain, let us consult together, if you will, - the annals of history to see what war has managed to resolve and consolidate from the earliest times to the present day.

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  • As long as we can see progress and consolidate, that is the immediate aim.

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  • When I called, I was told the transfers would be fine but I would have to "consolidate" my cards.

    All that was transferred by MBNA was countless bills for arrears

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