syn·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ˌsin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce syndication (audio) \

Definition of syndication

1 : an act or instance of forming a syndicate or bringing something under the control of a syndicate real estate syndication
2a : the act of selling something (such as a newspaper column or television series) for publication or broadcast to multiple newspapers, periodicals, websites, stations, etc. the syndication of news articles and video footage
b : the state of being syndicated to multiple newspapers, periodicals, websites, stations, etc. a popular TV show that has made millions in syndication

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While the fascination faded and the series was bumped to syndication just three years later, it's still managed to churn out almost 3,000 episodes to date...and a handful of nostalgic DVD and video game spinoffs. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Has Been Cancelled After 20 Years," 25 May 2019 And now, another station will be subtracted from the syndication total. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "After nearly two decades, region radio dropping Bob & Tom Show," 12 June 2019 The anti-Semitic illustration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump came from a syndication service. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Critics bemoan New York Times' decision to stop running editorial cartoons," 10 June 2019 The former champion has pushed the show to the number one spot in the syndication ratings. Will Thorne,, "‘Jeopardy!’ ratings: James Holzhauer’s defeat most watched episode in 14 years," 4 June 2019 The longstanding series debuted on ABC prime time in 1999 before its current 17-year-long syndication airing, which started in 2002. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Has Been Cancelled After 20 Years," 25 May 2019 British outlet The Express reports that the five main actors could make up to $2.5 million per episode, which includes bonuses due to syndication and re-runs, per The Telegraph. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Stars Could Be Making Millions Per Episode in the Final Season," 2 Apr. 2019 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 Live with Kelly and Ryan airs weekday mornings in national syndication (check local listings for time and station). Dave Quinn,, "Kim Kardashian Says She’s ‘Always Rooting’ for Khloé and Tristan — Even Though He Blocked Her," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of syndication

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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