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

Examples of syndication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least four public radio stations have dropped syndication of The Daily, the New York Times’ popular daily news podcast, from their broadcast schedules in the wake of the Caliphate scandal. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "4 Public Radio Stations Have Dropped The Daily," 15 Jan. 2021 But for the most part, these are the same shows people have been watching in syndication for decades. oregonlive, "Come on down! Why TV primetime game shows are booming in the pandemic era," 21 Jan. 2021 The show is in its 37th year of syndication, and Trebek was its only host. NBC News, "Ken Jennings will be first interim 'Jeopardy!' host following death of Alex Trebek," 23 Nov. 2020 But after they were sold on it, the series became one of the longest-running in television history and remains in syndication today. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "William Link, Co-Creator of ‘Columbo’ and ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ Dies at 87," 5 Jan. 2021 The last episodes Alex Trebek filmed before his death from pancreatic cancer in November will run in syndication through December, but Netflix is streaming some championship gems from the show's archive beginning Friday. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Chadwick Boseman's last performance is a bittersweet gift," 17 Dec. 2020 Trebek helmed the show since its relaunch in syndication in 1984. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Tar Heels' Mack Brown: What college football coach's daughter will be on 'Jeopardy!' on Friday?," 4 Dec. 2020 Trudeau’s trailblazing strip launched into national syndication 50 years ago this fall in 28 newspapers, and in the early going, a swath of stodgy editors wasn’t rushing to publish this Yale-sprung voice of the boomer counterculture. Washington Post, "As 'Doonesbury’ turns 50, Garry Trudeau picks his 10 defining strips," 27 Nov. 2020 Verizon will also make an investment and become a minority shareholder in BuzzFeed, and the deal will see the two companies partner on shopping experiences for consumers, content syndication across each other’s platforms and ad products. NBC News, "BuzzFeed acquires HuffPost as digital media companies join forces," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of syndication

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Syndication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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