consolidation

noun
con·​sol·​i·​da·​tion | \ kən-ˌsä-lə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce consolidation (audio) \

Definition of consolidation

1 : the act or process of consolidating : the state of being consolidated
2 : the process of uniting : the quality or state of being united specifically : the unification of two or more corporations by dissolution of existing ones and creation of a single new corporation
3 : pathological alteration of lung tissue from an aerated condition to one of solid consistency
4 : the process by which a new memory is converted into a form that is stable and long-lasting Initially fragile memories can gain stability via consolidation, but the extent to which sleep contributes to this process is unresolved …— John D. Rudoy et al.

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Examples of consolidation in a Sentence

the consolidation of several intelligence agencies into one super agency
Recent Examples on the Web That has contributed to a string of bankruptcies and consolidation, much of it involving investment firms, deepening concerns about declining quality as newsrooms shrink and papers close. Washington Post, "Chatham announces plan to buy newspaper publisher McClatchy," 12 July 2020 Some of the existing prisons are also expected to close as part of a cost-savings and consolidation plan to help pay the leases on the new prisons. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Dunn expects announcement by September on Alabama prison locations," 10 July 2020 The case, a consolidation of several lawsuits, concerned whether or not Catholic parochial schools can hire or fire religion teachers at will, regardless of considerations such as age, race, or gender. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court expands protections for religious schools from nondiscrimination laws," 8 July 2020 One of the services Wilson Brothers prides itself on is consolidation. Anchorage Daily News, "MAKing It: A community lifeline," 10 July 2020 National consolidation of banks means there are few lenders willing to make loans to local restaurants. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "Uber-Postmates merger will deliver only bad tidings for restaurants, consumers," 9 July 2020 At any rate, consolidation in the food delivery market has been a long time coming, even pre-pandemic. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Postmates plays the field," 1 July 2020 If anything, consolidation might slow; all eyes are on whether LVMH will complete its $17bn takeover of Tiffany, an American jeweller, agreed weeks before covid-19 struck. The Economist, "Fashion victims How slow times in the luxury world will separate the bling from the chaff," 20 June 2020 Because of the wave of plant consolidation, mail for some northwestern Ohio municipalities, like Toledo, is sorted in Detroit. Ryan Mccarthy And Maryam Jameel, ProPublica, "The Postal Service Is Steadily Getting Worse — Can It Handle a National Mail-In Election?," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of consolidation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Consolidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consolidation. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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consolidation

noun
con·​sol·​i·​da·​tion | \ kən-ˌsäl-ə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce consolidation (audio) \

Medical Definition of consolidation

1 : the process by which an infected lung passes from an aerated collapsible condition to one of airless solid consistency through the accumulation of exudate in the alveoli and adjoining ducts pneumonic consolidation also : tissue that has undergone consolidation areas of consolidation
2 : the process by which a new memory is converted into a form that is stable and long-lasting Initially fragile memories can gain stability via consolidation, but the extent to which sleep contributes to this process is unresolved …— John D. Rudoy et al.

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