syndicate

noun
syn·​di·​cate | \ ˈsin-di-kət How to pronounce syndicate (audio) \

Definition of syndicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a council or body of syndics
b : the office or jurisdiction of a syndic
2 : an association of persons officially authorized to undertake a duty or negotiate business
3a : a group of persons or concerns who combine to carry out a particular transaction or project
c : a loose association of racketeers in control of organized crime
4 : a business concern that sells materials for publication in a number of newspapers or periodicals simultaneously
5 : a group of newspapers under one management

syndicate

verb
syn·​di·​cate | \ ˈsin-də-ˌkāt How to pronounce syndicate (audio) \
syndicated; syndicating

Definition of syndicate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to subject to or manage as a syndicate
2a : to sell (something, such as a cartoon) to a syndicate or for publication in many newspapers or periodicals at once also : to sell the work of (someone, such as a writer) in this way a syndicated columnist
b : to sell (something, such as a series of television programs) directly to local stations

intransitive verb

: to unite to form a syndicate

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Other Words from syndicate

Verb

syndicator \ ˈsin-​də-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce syndicator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for syndicate

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of syndicate in a Sentence

Noun A syndicate owns the company. a powerful banking syndicate that controls loans in the small country Verb The company syndicates her work. The company syndicated the show to local stations.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Zong was a British slaving ship, owned by a syndicate of wealthy slavers and merchants from Liverpool, including William Gregson, who would later become the city’s mayor. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The insurance case that helped end the slave trade," 19 June 2020 It was insured by another syndicate that included a group of other Liverpool slave-ship owners. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "The insurance case that helped end the slave trade," 19 June 2020 The paper is planning to print a story accusing a crime-syndicate boss of murder. Bob Greene, WSJ, "Requiem for the Printing Press," 10 June 2020 The pace may also slow down heading into the U.S. presidential election, said Peter Aherne, head of North American investment-grade capital markets, syndicate, and capital strategy and structuring at Citigroup Inc. Molly Smith, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Corporate Bond Sales Smash Record, Soaring Over $1 Trillion," 7 June 2020 South Africa is home to 80 percent of the world’s rhinos, which have been hard hit by poaching syndicates that raid the country’s national parks, sprawling tracts of wilderness that cover about 37,000 square kilometers (an area larger than Taiwan). Sarah Wild, Scientific American, "Antipoaching Tech Tracks COVID-19 Flare-Ups in South Africa," 12 May 2020 Beyond the United States, the Grim Reaper travels well overseas as a malleable visual metaphor, says Whamond’s syndicate editor, Daryl Cagle. Washington Post, "The Grim Reaper shows up often in pandemic cartoons — whether to provoke or provide dark humor," 6 May 2020 Ndrangheta, a crime syndicate that from the tip of Italy’s boot has extended its tentacles across the globe, and dominates Europe’s cocaine trade. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Italian Prosecutor Fights the Mafia—and Fears for His Life," 25 Jan. 2020 Four persons forming part of an international marine animal trafficking syndicate were arrested. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "India readies the world’s first safe zone for sea cucumbers," 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Welcome to a weekly discussion about your money hosted by Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. The Washington Post, "Color of Money Live," 25 Apr. 2020 The Breakfast Club is based out of New York City but is syndicated nationwide. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Owes black people his political life': Radio host rips Biden for refusing to appear on The Breakfast Club," 9 Mar. 2020 But Governale, who has appeared on the show since 1996 when it was syndicated on terrestrial radio, doubled down on his comments. NBC News, "Howard Stern calls staffer 'racist' for linking BTS to coronavirus," 27 Feb. 2020 Welcome to a weekly discussion about your money hosted by Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. The Washington Post, "Color of Money Live," 9 Apr. 2020 Welcome to a weekly discussion about your money hosted by Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. The Washington Post, "Color of Money Live with tax expert Eric Bronnenkant," 26 Mar. 2020 The strip was syndicated by King Features and was in papers nationwide, making Feg a minor celebrity himself, and John grew up in that milieu in a big house in the Hancock Park neighborhood. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Dr. John Murray, former SF General physician, killed by COVID-19 complications," 25 Mar. 2020 Yet listeners of Mark Levin’s syndicated radio program heard on March 16 that much of the furor is a politically motivated overreaction. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Even After Trump Declared a National Emergency, Some Talk Radio Hosts Weren’t Convinced," 25 Mar. 2020 Although Seacrest only joined Ripa on the ABC syndicated talk show Live With Kelly & Ryan in 2017, the two have been longtime friends and developed a great dynamic before ever getting on air together. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Have Inspired a New ABC Comedy," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of syndicate

Noun

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1882, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for syndicate

Noun

French syndicat, from syndic

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The first known use of syndicate was in 1624

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12 Jul 2020

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“Syndicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syndicate. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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syndicate

noun
How to pronounce syndicate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of syndicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of people or businesses that work together
: a group of people who are involved in organized crime
: a business that sells something (such as a piece of writing, comic strip, or photograph) to several different newspapers or magazines for publication at the same time : a business that syndicates something

syndicate

verb
How to pronounce syndicate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of syndicate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sell (something, such as a piece of writing, comic strip, or photograph) to many different newspapers or magazines for publication at the same time
: to sell (a series of television or radio programs) to many different stations at the same time

syndicate

noun
syn·​di·​cate | \ ˈsin-di-kət How to pronounce syndicate (audio) \

Legal Definition of syndicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group organized to carry out a particular transaction or enterprise
2 : an association of organized criminals

syndicate

verb
syn·​di·​cate | \ ˈsin-di-ˌkāt How to pronounce syndicate (audio) \
syndicated; syndicating

Legal Definition of syndicate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form or manage as or through a syndicate a syndicated tax shelter

intransitive verb

: to unite to form a syndicate

Other Words from syndicate

syndication \ ˌsin-​di-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce syndication (audio) \ noun

History and Etymology for syndicate

Noun

French syndicat the office or jurisdiction of a syndic

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