Let's say I've finished 1st learning/studies stage out of 3 and being asked what is my motivation to proceed to stage 2 or 3. As a part of my answer I want to say that I wish to "consolidate my knowledge". (knowledge consolidation)

Question: What are the synonyms to this phrase? I've tried to find this phrase on Google but the results are scarce, thus I feel that there is a more natural/native variant.


Consolidate means to strengthen or to combine: I guess that you want the former meaning (strengthen).

I think that's about the best option available with that meaning, but you could also consider broaden, extend or build on which, according to this Ngram, are all more widely used than consolidate.

  • can I say "to deepen the knowledge"? – Ilan Sep 14 '16 at 16:24
  • Yes, you can. It's better than consolidate or build on, but not as good as extend. books.google.com/ngrams/…. You could try out some ideas with NGram yourself... – JavaLatte Sep 14 '16 at 16:25
  • I sneaked another option into my answer- broaden- which is even more common than the others. – JavaLatte Sep 14 '16 at 16:31

In addition to already mentioned extend and broaden you could also consider such verbs as advance, enhance, expand, improve, increase and further, which all collocate with the noun knowledge.

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