Definitions for: Consolidate

[v] make firm or secure; strengthen; "consolidate one's gains"; "consolidate one's hold on first place"
[v] make or form into a solid or hardened mass; "consolidate fibers into boards"
[v] form into a solid mass or whole; "The mud had consolidated overnight"
[v] unite into one; "The companies consolidated"
[v] bring together into a single whole or system; "The town and county schools are being consolidated"

Webster (1913) Definition: Con*sol"i*date, a. [L. consolidatus, p. pr. of
consolidare to make firm; con- + solidare to make firm;
solidus solid. See Solid, and cf. Consound.]
Formed into a solid mass; made firm; consolidated. [R.]

A gentleman [should learn to ride] while he is tender
and the brawns and sinews of his thighs not fully
consolidate. --Elyot.

Con*sol"i*date, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Consolidated; p. pr. & vb. n. Consolidating.]
1. To make solid; to unite or press together into a compact
mass; to harden or make dense and firm.

He fixed and consolidated the earth. --T. Burnet.

2. To unite, as various particulars, into one mass or body;
to bring together in close union; to combine; as, to
consolidate the armies of the republic.

Consolidating numbers into unity. --Wordsworth.

3. (Surg.) To unite by means of applications, as the parts of
a broken bone, or the lips of a wound. [R.]

Syn: To unite; combine; harden; compact; condense; compress.

Con*sol"i*date, v. i.
To grow firm and hard; to unite and become solid; as, moist
clay consolidates by drying.

In hurts and ulcers of the head, dryness maketh them
more apt to consolidate. --Bacon.

See Also: merge, solidify, strengthen, unify, unite

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