consolidate

Consolidate means to bring together. If you consolidate student loans, you put them all together into one big loan. If you consolidate your childhood toys, you grab them all up and put them in one place. Preferably a toy box.

Consolidate comes from the Latin roots com- ("together") and solidare ("to make solid"). So, consolidate is to bring things together to make something solid, stronger, or easier to handle. A general might consolidate his troops, a librarian might consolidate his grammar books, and someone with credit-card debt might consolidate the debt from different cards onto one.

Definitions of consolidate
  1. verb
    form into a solid mass or whole
    “The mud had consolidated overnight”
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    solidify
    become solid
  2. verb
    make or form into a solid or hardened mass
    consolidate fibers into boards”
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    solidify
    make solid or more solid; cause to solidify
  3. verb
    unite into one
    “The companies consolidated
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    merge, unify, unite
    become one
  4. verb
    bring together into a single whole or system
    “The town and county schools are being consolidated
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    type of:
    merge, unify, unite
    join or combine
  5. verb
    make firm or secure; strengthen
    consolidate one's gains”
    consolidate one's hold on first place”
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    strengthen
    gain strength
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