consortium

noun
con·​sor·​tium | \ kən-ˈsȯr-sh(ē-)əm How to pronounce consortium (audio) , -ˈsȯr-tē-əm \
plural consortia\ kən-​ˈsȯr-​sh(ē-​)ə How to pronounce consortia (audio) , -​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
Recent Examples on the Web The program is also part of the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee, a consortium of 26 tribal, state and federal agencies along with private and nonprofit organizations that formed in 1984 to continue conservation efforts. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "These bald eagle nestwatchers help an imperiled species soar again over Arizona," 27 Feb. 2020 The findings, presented in a 70-page, graphics-rich report, build on work by the Climate Impact Lab, a consortium of scientists, economists and other academics working to measure the real costs of global climate change. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Miami Is the “Most Vulnerable” Coastal City Worldwide," 4 Feb. 2020 Pre-existing investors including Stadia Ventures, hedge fund titan and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Broadw.ai, a consortium of Broadway producers and theater owners. Frank Digiacomo, Billboard, "Red Light Investment in Satisfi Labs' AI-Powered Fan Service Platform Signals Expansion Into Live Music," 28 Mar. 2019 Afterthe eagle was listed as endangered, a consortium of tribal, state and federal agencies and private groups came together to conserve the desert nesting population. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "These bald eagle nestwatchers help an imperiled species soar again over Arizona," 27 Feb. 2020 The university will spearhead a consortium of academic, industry, government and laboratory partners in trying to find ways to prevent or counteract threats to the nation’s people, infrastructure and economy, the directorate said. USA TODAY, "In vitro cheetahs, Devils Tower, ‘SMART Marina’: News from around our 50 states," 26 Feb. 2020 And consortium of buyers, including mall owners Simon and Brookfield Property Partners, bid $81 million last week for Forever 21, the ubiquitous mall staple that filed for bankruptcy protection in September. Dallas News, "Simon Property pays $3.6 billion for Taubman to battle mall declines," 10 Feb. 2020 When Tencent and a consortium of investors agreed to buy 10% of UMG for 3 billion euros, that gave UMG a 30 billion euro valuation ($34 billion). Ed Christman, Billboard, "What Will Warner Music Be Worth When It Goes Public?," 7 Feb. 2020 Decades in the making, this moment would represent the zenith of the robotic Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission, an international endeavor involving NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and a consortium of industry partners. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Rocks, Rockets and Robots: The Plan to Bring Mars Down to Earth," 6 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of consortium was in 1829

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22 Mar 2020

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“Consortium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consortium. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for consortium

consortium

noun
How to pronounce consortium (audio)

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 How to pronounce consortium (audio) \
plural consortia\ -​shə, -​shē-​ə How to pronounce consortia (audio) \ 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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