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|French to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|French term or phrase: consolider le budget|
|The context is the discussion of the handling of the budgeting process in a financial software program:|
"L'objectif est de pouvoir consoilder le budget Annuel pour Fin Décembre." Is there an alternative the literal "consolidate the budget"? What are they trying to say here?
|"to consolidate the budget" yeilds 300 hits on internet;|
"budget consolidation" 1,250. There are many more on "consolidated accounts". This could refer to a process of integrating several specific budgets, or several similar chapters of different budgets, which could be done by IT.
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Not ideal ,but "Consolider un budget" would - in my view - also indicate an increase or as Maya put it a "firming up"of the budget. A bit odd though, when referring to a software function.
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consolidate the budget
Rien de sorcier ici, en fait! An exact word for word works perfectly well here - go for it! It would not have crossed my mind to say anything else here. Cecilia's answer is not at all surprising as it is indeed very common to talk about consolidating a budget.
Whether in the field of accounting, shipping or share dealings for example, the basic idea behind consolidation is one of grouping, bringing together, combining.
Consolidation = Combining of separate companies, or functional areas, or product/service lines into one.
Consolidation Loan: Commercial loan that consolidates several debts into a single loan...usually to reduce interest rate.
Consolidation is also used in non-financial contexts, where its meaning is essentially the same, viz.
One entry found for consolidation.
Main Entry: con·sol·i·da·tion
Date: 15th century
1 : the act or process of consolidating : the state of being consolidated
2 : the process of uniting : the quality or state of being united; specifically : the unification of two or more corporations by dissolution of existing ones and creation of a single new corporation
3 : pathological alteration of lung tissue from an aerated condition to one of solid consistency
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