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 Executives said Endeavor is well positioned to capitalize on the growing consolidation in the industry, with recent deals including Amazon buying MGM, and streamers continuing to look for more content to attract global audiences. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 Fay was the president of Mercy College before its consolidation with University of Detroit in 1990, forming what's now University of Detroit Mercy. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 1 June 2021 The battle lasted nearly three months, ending with the fall of the Aztec Empire and Spain’s consolidation of power in a large swath of North America. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2021 And consolidation among generic drug companies has reduced competition in that sector. David Blumenthal, STAT, 23 May 2021 The online push could lead to consolidation in the industry, among other changes. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 28 Mar. 2021 Apple’s shares, as most stocks do, have periods of consolidation and weakness. Chuck Jones, Forbes, 27 May 2021 It’s part of an overhaul of income tax law that includes rate reductions and consolidation of tax brackets. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 Wall Street analysts recently lifted forecasts for U.S. steel prices, citing the combination of industry consolidation and the durability, at least so far, of Trump-era tariffs under Mr. Biden. New York Times, 21 May 2021

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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