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

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An agreement would give Amer access to Anta's distribution network and sourcing capabilities in China, the consortium said in a statement. Ese Erheriene And Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "China Sports Retailer Anta Nears $5.2 Billion Deal for Amer," 7 Dec. 2018 Google has been pressured by a consortium of human rights groups to abandon the project – codenamed Project Dragonfly, which would be app-based and censored at the behest of the Chinese government. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Google CEO to meet GOP lawmakers regarding alleged bias against conservatives," 28 Sep. 2018 In this lawsuit, Milwaukee County is represented by a consortium of state and national law firms. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County sues prescription drug-makers and distributors behind the opioid crisis," 14 Mar. 2018 That was back in the mid-1980s in a joint project paid for by a consortium of energy companies. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Despite congressional approval, oil and gas drilling in Alaska's ANWR is still years away," 11 Jan. 2018 The consortium also includes private investment firm Claridge Inc., Stephenson Management Inc. and airline executive Tim Morgan. WSJ, "Investor Consortium Forms Low-Cost Airline Platform," 21 Dec. 2018 The project got off to a fast start as the likes of J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs agreed to be founding members of the consortium. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Blockchain Firm R3 Is Running Out of Money, Sources Say," 7 June 2018 ExxonMobil — part of a consortium including BP, ConocoPhillips, pipeline company TransCanada and the State of Alaska — led the project from its informal inception in 2012 until AGDC took over management early in 2017. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Southcentral community leaders want in on LNG site selection studies," 25 Mar. 2018 Wohlfiel: Richmond used to be one of the top performers of the Arrowhead consortium, according to state assessments. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Richmond School Board candidates discuss priorities, community engagement, school safety," 7 Mar. 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 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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