What does consolidation mean?

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Noun
  1. The act or process of consolidating, making firm, or uniting; the state of being consolidated; solidification; combination.
  2. The combination of several actions into one.
  3. (medicine) A solidification into a firm dense mass. It is usually applied to induration (swelling or hardening of normally soft tissue) of a normally aerated lung.
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But non-membership of the EU will be an obstacle, since it will hinder cross-border consolidation.
We haven't looked at consolidation in the context of digital television and the new technologies.
After a long trend of consolidation by colonial powers, new countries are declaring their independence.
For the purpose of this paper, a practitioner's view is taken to capsulize consolidation over the past 20 or so years.
There is, I think, a dangerous consolidation of power moving toward the Defense Department.
Once the data is moved, the end-users will access their data and files as they normally did prior to the consolidation.

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