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 The consolidation of Aurora’s power supersedes the restoration of the fully functional society that the Moors once had. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 8 Oct. 2020 Construction began in May on the site that is a consolidation of two lots, which were formerly home to a Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago location and a Marathon gas station. Kaitlin Edquist, chicagotribune.com, "Greenhouse marijuana dispensary opens in Northbrook with store designed to help educate consumers," 5 Oct. 2020 Boeing is reportedly about to announce the consolidation of its 787 Dreamliner production down in South Carolina. David Meyer, Fortune, "A debate that won’t have changed many minds," 30 Sep. 2020 The deal marks another milestone in the consolidation of the global auto industry, as pressures to cut emissions and move toward electric vehicles strain the capital and engineering resources of even the largest players. Washington Post, "GM, Honda to team up in North America to share common vehicle platforms," 3 Sep. 2020 The board was scheduled to consider nearly a dozen proposals from local election boards Wednesday for the consolidation of polling places as a result of a statewide election judge shortage in the midst of a pandemic. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland elections officials poised to offer new November election format to governor as time runs short," 5 Aug. 2020 The charges are related to five asymptomatic veterans who were moved during a consolidation of two dementia units into one. Mallory Hughes, CNN, "Superintendent, ex-medical director at veteran's home face criminal charges after deadly Covid-19 outbreak," 25 Sep. 2020 All of the worst trends in media from a year ago are still present today, perhaps more so: mass layoffs, contraction and consolidation, a losing battle against Big Tech for advertising dollars. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Defector the Future of Media?," 23 Sep. 2020 Massive integrated refineries sprouting up across the region are driving consolidation. Andres Guerra Luz, Bloomberg.com, "Oil Edges Up With Traders Assessing U.S. Gulf Hurricane Impact," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of consolidation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Oct 2020

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“Consolidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consolidation. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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