What does the word consolidate mean?

Usage examples for consolidate

  1. Time, and his retirement from the busy scene, long enough to cause him to be missed, not long enough for new favourites to supply his place, had greatly served to mellow and consolidate his reputation, and his country was proud to claim him. – Alice, or The Mysteries, Book II by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  2. For some months he had been considering an offer from one of his rivals, a modern concern which wished to buy out his business together with that of three other firms and consolidate them all into one corporation. – His Family by Ernest Poole
  3. Pepin, less enterprising than his father, but judicious, persevering, and capable of discerning what was at the same time necessary and possible, was well fitted to continue and consolidate what he would, probably, never have begun and created. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot