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 consortium (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 On the other hand, establishing an international consortium, with representation from all countries interested in protecting consumer data, can be a step in the right direction. Abdul Subhani, Forbes, "The Need For Unified Data Protection Regulation," 6 Apr. 2021 Aramco, meanwhile, wants an international consortium to demonstrate the attractiveness of the country as an investment destination for foreigners, according to people familiar with the matter. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Aramco Weighs Selling Stake in Oil Pipelines for More Than $10 Billion," 6 Apr. 2021 That same year, she was chosen to lead an international consortium of scientists that explores viral diseases, including Ebola and Lassa. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Renowned virus hunter Erica Ollmann Saphire to lead La Jolla Institute," 16 Mar. 2021 To date, 86 percent of such students have passed courses and earned credits offered by an ever-expanding consortium in the experiment, which now includes Yale, Cornell, Howard and Arizona State as well as the University of Connecticut. New York Times, "A College Program for Disadvantaged Teens Could Shake Up Elite Admissions," 18 Feb. 2021 Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance—an international consortium that includes the WHO and the Gates Foundation—has created the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or Covax, whose goal is to help distribute the rest of these vaccines across the globe. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The countries that have already ordered enough vaccines for their entire population," 24 Nov. 2020 In the 1990s, an international consortium set about mapping the full human genome to better understand this genetic basis of disease, a task that was completed, at an expense of $3 billion, by 2003. Oscar Schwartz, Washington Post, "A growing number of scientists believe that the cure for disease can be found in our DNA. But that poses a unique problem for some Native Americans.," 23 Nov. 2020 An international nonprofit consortium called the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization is maintaining a registry of COVID-19 patients who use ECMO worldwide. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, "'Against all odds': Tempe mom, 31, spent more than 4 months hospitalized for COVID-19," 3 Nov. 2020 In 1990, the AP and the networks created an exit polling consortium called the Voter News Service that combined exit polling data with actual returns to call elections. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Counting votes on Election Day has always been complex—and it may be more so in 2020," 29 Oct. 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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14 Apr 2021

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“Consortium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consortium. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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