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"consolidate" in British English

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consolidateverb [I or T]

uk   /kənˈsɒl.ɪ.deɪt/  us   /-ˈsɑː.lɪ-/
to ​become, or ​cause something to ​become, ​stronger, and more ​certain: The ​success of ​theirmajorproduct consolidated the firm's ​position in the ​market. She ​hoped that ​marriage would consolidate ​theirrelationship. The ​party consolidated ​itshold on ​power during ​itsterm of ​office. The ​company has been ​expandingrapidly, and I ​feel it's now ​time to consolidate (= ​stopgrowing and make ​ourpresentpositionstronger). to ​combine several things, ​especiallybusinesses, so that they ​become more ​effective, or to be ​combined in this way: The two ​firms consolidated to ​form a ​singlecompany.
consolidated
adjective uk   /-deɪ.tɪd/  us   /-deɪ.t̬ɪd/
consolidated ​trading/​accounts
consolidation
noun [C or U] uk   /kənˌsɒl.ɪˈdeɪ.ʃən/  us   /-ˌsɑː.lɪ-/
The ​company is ​entering a ​period of consolidation (= ​becomingbetter and ​stronger at what it does). We have ​seen a ​similar consolidation (= ​joining together) of ​booksellers and ​distributors.
(Definition of consolidate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consolidate" in American English

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consolidateverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈsɑl·əˌdeɪt/
to ​bring together or ​unite things that were ​separate: [I] Our ​offices had been ​spread among three ​buildings, and then we consolidated into one new ​high-rise. To consolidate is also to make ​stronger by some ​action or ​event: [T] The ​governor consolidated his ​power, getting his ​allies into ​keystatejobs.
consolidated
adjective [not gradable]  us   /kənˈsɑl·əˌdeɪ·t̬ɪd/
consolidation
noun [U]  us   /kənˌsɑl·əˈdeɪ·ʃən/
(Definition of consolidate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"consolidate" in Business English

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consolidateverb

uk   us   /kənˈsɒlɪdeɪt/
[I or T] to become or make something ​stronger or more ​successful: Net ​assetsrose to £758 million, consolidating the company's position as a ​member of the FTSE 250 ​index. The ​company has been ​growing too rapidly and it is now ​time to ​stop the ​expansion and consolidate.
[I or T] to ​join the different ​parts of something together, or to be ​joined: The ​businessplan is ​based on consolidating a ​fragmented but ​growingmarket. There is still ​scope for ​Europeanindustries to consolidate.consolidate sth into/with sth Manufacturing has been consolidated into fewer ​plantsworldwide. They considered consolidating all their ​smalldebts and taking out a new ​loan to ​cover them.
[T] ACCOUNTING to show the ​financialresults of a ​group of ​companies in one set of ​figures, rather than showing the ​results of each ​company separately: When a ​group of ​companiesshare some ​economicvalue, it may be necessary to consolidate ​groupaccounts in ​order to ​determine the ​profit and ​loss.
[T] TRANSPORT to put ​items together in ​order to ​send or ​transport them: Your ​shipment will be consolidated with those of other ​customers and ​transported by ​container.
(Definition of consolidate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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