consolidate

Consolidate means to bring together. You may feel like you don't have any pens, but if you consolidate all the pens lying around your house into one basket, you might find you in fact have a thousand.

Consolidate has its roots in Latin: by combining com- (meaning "together") with solidare (meaning "to make solid"). So, when you think about consolidate, think about bringing things together to make something solid, stronger, or easier to handle. A general might consolidate his troops, a librarian might consolidate all the books about exciting women on a Women's History Month shelf, or someone with a lot of credit-card debt might try to consolidate the debt from his different cards.

DEFINITIONS OF: consolidate

1

v form into a solid mass or whole

“The mud had consolidated overnight”
Type of:
solidify
become solid

v make or form into a solid or hardened mass

consolidate fibers into boards”
Type of:
solidify
make solid or more solid; cause to solidify

v unite into one

“The companies consolidated
Type of:
merge, unify, unite
become one

v bring together into a single whole or system

“The town and county schools are being consolidated
Type of:
merge, unify, unite
join or combine

v make firm or secure; strengthen

consolidate one's gains”
consolidate one's hold on first place”
Type of:
strengthen
gain strength
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