In a tough economy, you see a lot of consolidation. This could be smaller businesses joining together or the consolidation of debt, as in combining three credit card payments into one. Anywhere there’s consolidation, there’s merging, joining, and combining.

You can see the word solid at the heart of consolidation, and its Latin roots will tell you that it means “to make solid together.” The goal of consolidation is really just that, to combine things in order to make them stronger or more beneficial. If you’re good at art and your friend is good at science, you may want to form a consolidation to take the science fair by storm.

Definitions of consolidation

n combining into a solid mass

Type of:
combine, combining
an occurrence that results in things being united

n something that has consolidated into a compact mass

“he dropped the consolidation into the acid bath”
Type of:
natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

n the act of combining into an integral whole

“a consolidation of two corporations”
“after their consolidation the two bills were passed unanimously”
“the defendants asked for a consolidation of the actions against them”
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centralisation, centralization
the act of consolidating power under a central control
consolidating two or more things; union in (or into) one body
amalgamation, merger, uniting
the combination of two or more commercial companies
vertical combination, vertical integration
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in all aspects of a product's manufacture from raw materials to distribution
horizontal combination, horizontal integration
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in the same level of production and sharing resources at that level
Type of:
combination, combining, compounding
the act of combining things to form a new whole

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