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adjective con·glom·er·ate \kən-ˈgläm-rət, -ˈglä-mə-\

Definition of conglomerate

  1. :  made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds

Origin of conglomerate

Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare to roll together, from com- + glomerare to wind into a ball, from glomer-, glomus ball — more at clam

First Known Use: 1572



verb con·glom·er·ate \-ˈglä-mə-ˌrāt\

Definition of conglomerate


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to gather into a mass or coherent whole <numbers of dull people conglomerated round her — Virginia Woolf>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  accumulate

conglomerative play \-ˈgläm-rə-tiv, -ˈglä-mə-; -mə-ˌrā-\ adjective
conglomerator play \-ˈglä-mə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of conglomerate in a sentence

  1. <people conglomerated in the downtown streets for an impromptu victory celebration>

  2. <over the years the town's discarded junk conglomerated at the bottom of the river>


First Known Use of conglomerate


Rhymes with conglomerate

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noun con·glom·er·ate \-ˈgläm-rət, -ˈglä-mə-\

Simple Definition of conglomerate

  • : a large business that is made of different kinds of companies

  • : a kind of rock that is made from many stones of different sizes held together with hardened clay

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of conglomerate

  1. 1 :  a composite mass or mixture; especially :  rock composed of rounded fragments varying from small pebbles to large boulders in a cement (as of hardened clay)

  2. 2 :  a widely diversified corporation

conglomeratic play \kən-ˌglä-mə-ˈra-tik, ˌkän-\ adjective

Examples of conglomerate in a sentence

  1. a news and entertainment conglomerate

  2. Our small company must compete with the big conglomerates.


First Known Use of conglomerate


CONGLOMERATE Defined for Kids


noun con·glom·er·ate \kən-ˈglä-mə-rət\

Definition of conglomerate for Students

  1. 1 :  a mass (as a rock) formed of fragments from various sources

  2. 2 :  a corporation engaging in many different kinds of business

Law Dictionary


noun con·glom·er·ate \kən-ˈglä-mə-rət\

Legal Definition of conglomerate

  1. :  a widely diversified company; especially :  a corporation that acquires other companies whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity

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