conglomerate

adjective
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -ˈglä-mə- \

Definition of conglomerate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds the conglomerate peoples of New England a conglomerate empire

conglomerate

verb
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-ˌrāt How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \
conglomerated; conglomerating

Definition of conglomerate (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to gather into a mass or coherent whole Infinite numbers of dull people conglomerated round her …— Virginia Woolf

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -ˈglä-mə- \

Definition of conglomerate (Entry 3 of 3)

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 : a widely diversified corporation an international conglomerate of some 350 businesses

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Verb

conglomerative \ kən-​ˈgläm-​rə-​tiv How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -​ˈglä-​mə-​ ; -​mə-​ˌrā-​ \ adjective
conglomerator \ kən-​ˈglä-​mə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \ noun

Noun

conglomeratic \ kən-​ˌglä-​mə-​ˈra-​tik How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , ˌkän-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for conglomerate

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of conglomerate in a Sentence

Verb people conglomerated in the downtown streets for an impromptu victory celebration over the years the town's discarded junk conglomerated at the bottom of the river Noun a news and entertainment conglomerate Our small company must compete with the big conglomerates.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The need is especially acute in the southern German states, home to industrial giants like BASF chemicals, the automaker Daimler and the conglomerate Siemens. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 The major contention behind UMG NA’s spin was allowing it to be valued as per its potential which was lost in the conglomerate nature of VIV FP’s operational structure. Jim Osman, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 After all, conglomerate BBK owns both brands, alongside other smartphone companies from China like Vivo and Realme. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Nov. 2021 In 2018 the stock was tossed out of the Dow Jones Industrial average. Culp — who previously ran a mini-conglomerate, Danaher — has spun off or sold many units. Peter Cohan, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 National Medical was sold to the conglomerate W.R. Grace & Co. and other investors for about $360 million in the mid-1980s and then sold to Fresenius, a German company, a decade later. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 Piramal Enterprises by creating a diversified financial services conglomerate and a leading pharma player. Anu Raghunathan, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Other critical reviews of the Astro have focused on Amazon’s slow creep into our private spaces with smart devices, or on the banal evilness of the mega-conglomerate behind the product. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 1 Oct. 2021 Reuters reported this week that the firm sent a letter to investors calling for a potential breakup of the Seven & i Holdings conglomerate or other moves to increase the company’s share price. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb PerSeptive developed leading-edge technology in protein analysis, and grew to $100 million in revenue before Afeyan, sold it to scientific instruments conglomerate Perkin-Elmer for $360 million in 1998. Amy Feldman, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 The pair have traded the title several times this year, as has Bernard Arnault, chief of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, in an unprecedented year of jockeying atop the billionaire rankings. Kenrick Cai, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Then there was Merck, the pharmaceuticals conglomerate whose association with the Nazis may have been the most lurid of them all. Joshua Hammer, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 Tisch, whose grandfather Larry Tisch founded the Loews Corporation conglomerate with his brother, is the director of brand marketing at Loews Hotels, according to her LinkedIn page. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 9 Sep. 2021 For the last six years, Chivas Venture, a program funded by beverage company Chivas Brothers, a division of French spirits conglomerate Pernod Ricard, has provided funds to social entrepreneurs around the world. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Ultimately, Chalone fell on hard times financially, and in 2004 it was purchased by spirits conglomerate Diageo, which has since gotten out of the wine business altogether. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which also owns major fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, owns the other 50% of Fenty Beauty. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 4 Aug. 2021 To that, Yeon said Amorepacific, a South Korean cosmetics conglomerate that funded his research, intends to use this technology to test the effectiveness of their skin care products. Karen Kwon | Inside Science, ABC News, 18 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun German media conglomerate Axel Springer bought Politico; Vox Media is buying Group Nine Media, owner of Thrillist and animals site The Dodo; BuzzFeed bought HuffPost. Tali Arbel, ajc, 6 Jan. 2022 Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup even came to Las Vegas this week to reveal the self-driving plans for its new EV brand VinFast, which plans to soon begin shipping its VF e35 and e36 models to the U.S. market. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 5 Jan. 2022 New Belgium was 100 percent employee-owned when it was acquired by global beverage conglomerate Lion Little/Kirin about three years ago. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 Fast-growing French production conglomerate Federation (Around the World in 80 Days) has added another company to its stable, singing a deal to take a majority stake in indie French film and TV group Robin & Co, Federation said on Tuesday. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Jan. 2022 Mini-conglomerate mm2 Asia says that a deal to sell its Singapore cinemas business has fallen through. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 Jan. 2022 Theranos' list of major investors was a who's who of corporate America — the billionaire family of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the family behind the Cox Enterprises conglomerate and the Walton family of Walmart fame. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 In July, Service Corporation International, a New York Stock Exchange–traded conglomerate that owns 1,500 funeral homes, sued Echovita. Ben Weiss, Wired, 26 Dec. 2021 The company's clients range from media conglomerate Globo to drinks giant Ambev. Angelica Mari, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of conglomerate

Adjective

1572, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1642, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conglomerate

Adjective

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

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“Conglomerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conglomerate. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for conglomerate

conglomerate

noun

English Language Learners 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

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Kids Definition of conglomerate

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

conglomerate

adjective
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-(ə-)rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Medical Definition of conglomerate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

conglomerate

verb
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ -ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \
conglomerated; conglomerating

Medical Definition of conglomerate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to gather (something) into a mass or coherent whole

intransitive verb

: to gather into a mass or coherent whole

Other Words from conglomerate

conglomerative \ -​ˈgläm-​(ə-​)rət-​iv, -​ə-​ˌrāt-​ How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \ adjective

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ -(ə-)rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Medical Definition of conglomerate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a composite mass or mixture

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Legal Definition of conglomerate

: 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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