ag·​glom·​er·​a·​tion | \ ə-ˌglä-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce agglomeration (audio) \

Definition of agglomeration

1 : the action or process of collecting in a mass the agglomeration of matter into stars and galaxies
2 : a heap or cluster of usually disparate (see disparate sense 1) elements … an agglomeration of 100-year-old cottages with gingerbread scroll-saw ornamentation.— Ira Henry Freeman
3 : a large, densely and contiguously populated area consisting of a city and its suburbs an urban agglomeration

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Other Words from agglomeration

agglomerative \ -​ˈglä-​mə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce agglomerative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of agglomeration in a Sentence

This suburb has become just a vast agglomeration of houses, people, and cars. a mere agglomeration of warring tribes, it was far from being a unified nation

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Last month, Colombia elected its first woman vice-president; Mexico City, the largest urban agglomeration in North America, has just elected its first woman mayor. Esther Allen, The New York Review of Books, "Returning the Gaze, with a Vengeance," 8 July 2018 By failing to build another headquarters in a hub of media, advertising and tech like New York City, Amazon is missing out on agglomeration, says Michael Farren, a research fellow at the Mercatus center at George Mason University. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Amazon’s New York U-Turn Is Good for America’s Tech Economy," 16 Feb. 2019 Our new temple, with the heavy-handed name of Temple Judea, was a motley agglomeration of about 200 Jewish families, led into hostile territory by jobs at the nearby Merck corporate campus. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018 Green Gables dates back to between 1907 and 1911, when the area now known as Silicon Valley was a sleepy agglomeration of small towns and fruit orchards. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Estate That Wants to Be Silicon Valley’s Priciest Home," 18 Oct. 2018 Last, but by no means least, higher density means more agglomeration benefits, higher productivity, and ultimately higher wages. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The strong case for building more stuff," 24 Sep. 2018 Most left, and the WFP has shrunk down to a much smaller agglomeration of good government and do-gooder progressive groups. David Freedlander, Daily Intelligencer, "Working Families Party Mulls All-out War With Cuomo," 7 June 2018 It was also praised on Gab, a social network popular with the alt-right—a loose agglomeration of groups with far-right ideologies—as a morality play about a downtrodden Aryan warrior. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Making Movies in the Trump Era for the Audience Hollywood Ignored," 15 May 2018 The setup is all the more serendipitous as the downstairs apartment was largely an agglomeration of subletters who found rooms on the Facebook group Gypsy Housing. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "When the Downstairs Neighbors Become Best Friends," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of agglomeration

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for agglomeration

borrowed from Medieval Latin agglomerātiōn-, agglomerātiō, from Latin agglomerāre "to agglomerate entry 1" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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English Language Learners Definition of agglomeration

formal : a large group, collection, or pile of different things

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