Main Entry: con·sol·i·date

Pronunciation: k&n-‘sä-l&-“dAt

Function: verb

Inflected Form(s): -dat·ed; -dat·ing

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

transitive senses

1 : to join together into one whole : UNITE <consolidate several small school districts>

2 : to make firm or secure : STRENGTHEN <consolidate their hold on first place>

3 : to form into a compact mass

intransitive senses : to become consolidated; specifically : MERGE <the two companies consolidated>

– con·sol·i·da·tor /-“dA-t&r/ noun