to join together into one whole: as
to combine (two or more lawsuits or matters that involve a common question of law or fact) into one compare class action
NOTE: Consolidation of matters in the federal courts is governed by Rule 42 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Consolidated cases may become one single action with a single judgment, or may retain their individual identities although tried together. The court may also try one representative case and render a judgment binding on the other cases.
to combine (two or more corporations) to form one new corporation compare merger
con·sol·i·da·tion [kən-sÄ -lə-dā-shən]