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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MainLine’s stake was part of a $35.4 million investment into AltMed made with a consortium of other backers announced Apr. 26. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Philly area investment firm doubles down on marijuana," 7 May 2018 The elections, typically local affairs, garnered national attention this year after a consortium of liberal donors, headlined by Soros, pumped money into the races. Abbie Vansickle, latimes.com, "Big spending by George Soros and liberal groups fails to sway D.A. races in California," 7 June 2018 The consortium also made sense back then for another reason: to get the deal past regulators, which only happened after Sony agreed to sell some $200 million in publishing assets from its and EMI's catalog. Ed Christman, Billboard, "EMI FAQ: A Beginner's Guide to What Could Be This Summer's Biggest Music Industry Auction," 6 Apr. 2018 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

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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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