consortium

noun
con·​sor·​tium | \ kən-ˈsȯr-sh(ē-)əm , -ˈsȯr-tē-əm\
plural consortia\ kən-​ˈsȯr-​sh(ē-​)ə , -​ˈsȯr-​tē-​ə \ also consortiums

Definition of consortium

1 : an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member A consortium of researchers decoded the honeybee genome.
3 : the legal right of one spouse to the company, affection, and assistance of and to sexual relations with the other

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Examples of consortium in a Sentence

A Japanese consortium invested millions in the technology. a consortium for the prevention of animal cruelty

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In mid-August, its board agreed to a 12.98 billion Australian dollar (US$9.24 billion) formalized bid from the consortium. Robb M. Stewart, WSJ, "Australia Antitrust Regulator Clears $9 Billion Bid for Pipeline Company," 11 Sep. 2018 Management, a consortium of construction companies from around the country known as Six Companies, rejected employee demand for better working conditions and kept construction at a furious pace. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Hoover Dam Changed America—And It Might Do It Again," 27 July 2018 Demolition of the Marathon station is the end of the first phase of Uptown Innovation Corridor’s development, according to a statement from the consortium. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Demolition planned for Wednesday morning at corner of MLK, Reading Road," 5 June 2018 Jyoti, which owes about 80.8 billion rupees, also received a single bid from a consortium of wealthy individuals led by Sharad Sanghi, who is chief executive officer of a data center. Anto Antony, Bloomberg.com, "Banks Seek Wind Up of India Firms Owing $5.8 Billion," 4 Apr. 2018 Studdert has also cobbled together roughly half a million dollars in funding, including a grant from a new consortium of philanthropies that banded together to fund this kind of research. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "Tenacious new gun researchers are determined to break cycle of mass shootings," 25 Mar. 2018 Studdert has also cobbled together roughly half a million dollars in funding, including a grant from a new consortium of philanthropies that banded together to fund this kind of research. William Wan, Washington Post, "Tenacious new gun researchers are determined to break cycle of mass shootings," 24 Mar. 2018 Last year China Unicom, a telecoms firm, raised $12bn from a consortium that included Tencent and Alibaba. The Economist, "Are China’s state giants reformable?," 1 Mar. 2018 Now, nearly four years after Onni purchased Atrium Village from a consortium of churches that built it in the 1970s, tenants have filed suit with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Housing Low-income tenants say luxury developer is treating them like ‘bald-headed stepchildren’," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of consortium

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consortium

Latin, fellowship, from consort-, consors — see consort entry 1

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consortium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of consortium

: a group of people, companies, etc., that agree to work together

consortium

noun
con·​sor·​tium | \ kən-ˈsȯr-shəm; -shē-əm \
plural consortia\ -​shə, -​shē-​ə \ also consortiums

Legal Definition of consortium

1 : an agreement, combination, or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member
2 [ Medieval Latin, marital partnership, from Latin ] : the right of one spouse to the company, affection, and assistance of and to sexual relations with the other also : the right of a parent or child to the company, affection, and assistance of the other suing for loss of consortium — compare society

History and Etymology for consortium

Latin, sharing, partnership, from consort-, consors sharer, partner

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