consolidation

noun

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

Examples of consolidation in a Sentence

the consolidation of several intelligence agencies into one super agency
Recent Examples on the Web The deal moves the North American oil industry farther down the path of consolidation. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 If anything, the trajectory of media rights suggests consolidation, not expansion. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Few expect the wave of consolidation to slow anytime soon. Mike Isaac, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 The result is a campaign with two centers of gravity, campaign officials juggling administrative jobs, and discord around consolidation. Brady Knox, Washington Examiner, 15 Jan. 2024 Nick Marcil, who got undergraduate and master’s degrees in education and higher education policy from West Chester University, another Pennsylvania state school, joined protests on campus and in Harrisburg in 2021 against the consolidations. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 15 Jan. 2024 The cutbacks come as anything but surprising in an industry marred by layoffs and consolidation. Vulture, 10 Jan. 2024 Some see this as a step toward eventually allowing interstate commerce, which would lead to consolidation across the industry and make border dispensaries dispensable. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Jan. 2024 Netflix, which has upended Hollywood over the last decade, scrambling old paradigms for making and releasing movies, and Comcast, a cable giant whose 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal sparked a fresh wave of consolidation, both picked up 18 nominations. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of consolidation was in the 15th century

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“Consolidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consolidation. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

consolidation

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