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Meaning of consolidate

con•sol•i•date

Pronunciation: (kun-sol'i-dāt"), [key]
— v., adj. -dat•ed, -dat•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine: They consolidated their three companies.
  2. to discard the unused or unwanted items of and organize the remaining: She consolidated her home library.
  3. to make solid or firm; solidify; strengthen: to consolidate gains.
  4. to strengthen by rearranging the position of ground combat troops after a successful attack.
—v.i.
  1. to unite or combine.
  2. to become solid or firm.
—adj.
  1. consolidated (def. 2).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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