Simple Definition of synergy
: the increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together
Full Definition of synergyplural
1 : synergism; broadly : combined action or operation
2 : a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (as resources or efforts)
Examples of synergy in a sentence
A synergy has developed among the different groups working on this project.
two companies that have found synergy
Did You Know?
An old saying, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts", expresses the basic meaning of synergy. The word is sometimes used in a purely physical sense, especially when talking about drugs; sometimes a "cocktail" of drugs may be more effective than the sum of the effectiveness of each of the separate drugs. But the word is best known in the world of business. The notion that, when the right two companies merge, they'll produce a profitable synergy seemed exciting in the 1990s, when synergy became a trendy buzzword (even though it's actually been around since the 17th century). The idea of synergy was one factor in what became a "merger mania;" unfortunately, business synergy often turned out to be harder to achieve than to imagine.
Origin and Etymology of synergy
New Latin synergia, from Greek synergos working together
First Known Use: 1660
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