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

Definition of CONGLOMERATE

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


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

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem


verb con·glom·er·ate \-ˈglä-mə-ˌrāt\

Definition of CONGLOMERATE

intransitive verb
:  to gather into a mass or coherent whole <numbers of dull people conglomerated round her — Virginia Woolf>
transitive verb
con·glom·er·a·tive \-ˈgläm-rə-tiv, -ˈglä-mə-; -mə-ˌrā-\ adjective
con·glom·er·a·tor \-ˈglä-mə-ˌrā-tər\ noun


  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



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

: 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

Full Definition of CONGLOMERATE

:  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)
:  a widely diversified corporation
con·glom·er·at·ic \kən-ˌglä-mə-ˈra-tik, ˌkän-\ adjective


  1. a news and entertainment conglomerate
  2. Our small company must compete with the big conglomerates.

First Known Use of CONGLOMERATE


Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale
CONGLOMERATOR Defined for Kids


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

Definition of CONGLOMERATE for Kids

:  a mass (as a rock) formed of fragments from various sources
:  a corporation engaging in many different kinds of business


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