con·​sol·​i·​date kən-ˈsä-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce consolidate (audio)
consolidated; consolidating

transitive verb

: to join together into one whole : unite
consolidate several small school districts
: to make firm or secure : strengthen
consolidate their hold on first place
He consolidated his position as head of the political party.
: to form into a compact mass
The press consolidates the fibers into board.

intransitive verb

: to become consolidated
specifically : merge
The two companies consolidated.
consolidator noun

Examples of consolidate in a Sentence

The two funds will consolidate into one. The administration hopes that such measures will consolidate its position. Rebel forces have consolidated their hold on the region.
Recent Examples on the Web The Cincinnati Museum Center made an unprecedented real estate purchase last week in an effort to consolidate its massive collections and make room for more. Sydney Franklin, The Enquirer, 3 July 2024 Meade’s sentencing on all of his outstanding crimes is now set for July 19, as his cases were consolidated in court Tuesday. Alex Brizee, Idaho Statesman, 2 July 2024 Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData, said last September that Walgreens Boots Alliance, which previously grew through various pharmacy acquisitions, has been looking to consolidate and focus its efforts on the U.S. health care sector. Samantha Conti, WWD, 1 July 2024 Two conservatives dropped out of the race just a day before the elections to help the hardline candidates consolidate the conservative vote. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for consolidate 

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Word History


Latin consolidatus, past participle of consolidare to make solid, from com- + solidus solid

First Known Use

circa 1512, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of consolidate was circa 1512

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Cite this Entry

“Consolidate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​sol·​i·​date kən-ˈsäl-ə-ˌdāt How to pronounce consolidate (audio)
consolidated; consolidating
: to join together into one whole : unite
: to make firm or safe : strengthen
consolidate a beachhead

Legal Definition


transitive verb
con·​sol·​i·​date kən-ˈsä-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce consolidate (audio)
consolidated; consolidating
: to join together into one whole: as
: to combine (two or more lawsuits or matters that involve a common question of law or fact) into one compare class action

Note: Consolidation of matters in the federal courts is governed by Rule 42 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Consolidated cases may become one single action with a single judgment, or may retain their individual identities although tried together. The court may also try one representative case and render a judgment binding on the other cases.

: to combine (two or more corporations) to form one new corporation compare merger
consolidation noun

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