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syndicate

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noun syn·di·cate \ ˈsin-di-kət \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of syndicate

1 a :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
3 a :a group of persons or concerns who combine to carry out a particular transaction or project
b :cartel 2
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

Examples of syndicate in a Sentence

  1. A syndicate owns the company.

  2. a powerful banking syndicate that controls loans in the small country

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Origin and Etymology of syndicate

French syndicat, from syndic

syndicate Synonyms


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syndicate

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verb syn·di·cate \ ˈsin-də-ˌkāt \

Definition of syndicate

syndicated; syndicating
transitive verb
1 :to subject to or manage as a syndicate
2 a :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

syndicator

play \ˈsin-də-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of syndicate in a Sentence

  1. The company syndicates her work.

  2. The company syndicated the show to local stations.

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First Known Use of syndicate

1882


Financial Definition of SYNDICATE

syndicate

What It Is

A syndicate is a group of lenders or underwriters that come together to share or participate in a specific loan or investment.

How It Works

A project may require too large of financial investment for a single lender or require a special type of investor or lender with expertise in a particular asset class. For example, a transportation project, such as a high speed rail, may involve a group of investors and lenders, each specializing in a portion of the project, such as rail lines, cars, bridges and tunnels, and signal and control technologies.  This whole group is referred to as a syndicate.

Not only do the various lenders or investors bring their own expertise to the project, they also spread the risk among themselves, especially among very large, complicated projects.  In addition, they enable lenders to handle projects that may exceed their individual capital base.

A banking syndicate, for example, is not a permanent entity.  It is formed solely for a specific project.

Why It Matters

A syndicate is formed by an investment banker who, understanding the complexity and scale of a project, helps bring together several lenders who can participate in the project. While each project is negotiated individually, investment bankers may rely on a small group of specialized lenders to participate in syndicates.



SYNDICATE Defined for English Language Learners

syndicate

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Definition of syndicate for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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Definition of syndicate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Law Dictionary

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syndicate

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noun syn·di·cate \ ˈsin-di-kət \

legal Definition of syndicate

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

Origin and Etymology of syndicate

French syndicat the office or jurisdiction of a syndic


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syndicate

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verb syn·di·cate \ ˈsin-di-ˌkāt \

legal Definition of syndicate

syndicated; syndicating
transitive verb
:to form or manage as or through a syndicate
  • a syndicated tax shelter
intransitive verb
:to unite to form a syndicate

syndication

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