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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Verb

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

Synonyms for syndicate

Synonyms: Noun

cabal, conspiracy, crew, gang, Mafia, mob, ring

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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

Offshore websites — some operated by crime syndicates, others by entrepreneurs — allowed sports bettors to gamble without leaving home, a change that took bookmaking out of the taverns and pool rooms. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Will local bookies survive when legal sports betting comes to Illinois? The odds look good.," 18 June 2019 The crime syndicates, which have complete control over the region and the power of life and death over its people, have in recent years plunged Honduras into an unofficial state of war. Roberto Saviano, The New York Review of Books, "The Migrant Caravan: Made in USA," 7 Mar. 2019 The gang was the preeminent Irish-American crime syndicate in the Boston area. Pierre Meilhan And Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Whitey Bulger's longtime girlfriend moved out of prison to a halfway house," 19 June 2019 That threat, of course, is Fisk (aka Kingpin), who manipulates his own release from prison and sets in motion a meticulous takeover of the city's various crime syndicates. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wilson Fisk is back and better than ever in season 3 of Daredevil," 12 Nov. 2018 One Colombian drug syndicate has already put a $7,000 bounty on Sombra's furry head, looking to quickly quash the 6-year-old canine crimefighter, officials said. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Colombian drug-sniffing dog is real-life McGruff -- and powerful cartels are taking notice," 27 July 2018 The crime wave has seriously debilitated political stability and internal security, as each criminal syndicate attempts to use the government to protect its business and ensure its longevity. Javid Ahmad, WSJ, "The Mafia That Threatens Afghanistan," 19 Sep. 2018 Chumlung was imprisoned in 2012 after being sent by the Southeast Asian trafficking syndicate called the Xaysavang network — which authorities say includes Boonchai — to take advantage of South Africa’s permit system for professional trophy hunts. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking," 19 Jan. 2018 In the past year, an estimated 1,000 poaching syndicates existed on the park’s borders, says the park’s security chief. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The slime origin confusion happened because Nickelodeon syndicated the show, which American kids would then associate with the network. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Outrageous Facts About Nickelodeon Slime," 10 Dec. 2018 Syndication Variety reported in 1993 that Roseanne reigned that year as the No.1 show in new syndication with $1 million per syndicated episode. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Roseanne Barr's Net Worth?," 29 May 2018 The series, starring Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, focuses around the creation of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the 1980s syndicated women's professional wrestling circuit. Mike Bloom, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Stars Wrestle With Inclusion and Satire Through Stereotypes," 5 July 2018 At one point, The Ed Schultz Show was syndicated to nearly 100 affiliates, and in 2008 he was ranked No. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Ed Schultz, former MSNBC host and outspoken radio personality, has died," 5 July 2018 And joining me now with reaction is the host of Michelle Malkin investigates on CR TV, syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway responds to Democrats' calls to abolish ICE," 3 July 2018 The topics include A Glimpse at the Federal Census presented by Dorothy Miller, retired professor at CSU Northridge, and America Can’t Decide About Immigration presented by Ruben Navarrette, syndicated columnist. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Statewide poster contest winners picked... community news," 29 June 2018 Eventually, his words became syndicated, appearing in 400 publications worldwide. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Charles Krauthammer, influential conservative commentator, dies at 68 after battle with cancer," 21 June 2018 The horse was bought for $17,500, and was syndicated for a record $12 million, retiring from racing in 1978. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Monday Morning Brief, June 11: Summit with North Korea, who Seattle’s newcomers are," 11 June 2018

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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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syndicate

noun

Financial Definition of 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.

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syndicate

noun

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

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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