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

v form into a solid mass or whole

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

v make or form into a solid or hardened mass

consolidate fibers into boards”
Type of:
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:
gain strength

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