conglomerate

adjective
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -ˈglä-mə- \

Definition of conglomerate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds the conglomerate peoples of New England a conglomerate empire

conglomerate

verb
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-ˌrāt How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \
conglomerated; conglomerating

Definition of conglomerate (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to gather into a mass or coherent whole Infinite numbers of dull people conglomerated round her …— Virginia Woolf

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -ˈglä-mə- \

Definition of conglomerate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a composite mass or mixture especially : rock composed of rounded fragments varying from small pebbles to large boulders in a cement (as of hardened clay)
2 : a widely diversified corporation an international conglomerate of some 350 businesses

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Other Words from conglomerate

Verb

conglomerative \ kən-​ˈgläm-​rə-​tiv How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , -​ˈglä-​mə-​ ; -​mə-​ˌrā-​ \ adjective
conglomerator \ kən-​ˈglä-​mə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \ noun

Noun

conglomeratic \ kən-​ˌglä-​mə-​ˈra-​tik How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) , ˌkän-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for conglomerate

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of conglomerate in a Sentence

Verb people conglomerated in the downtown streets for an impromptu victory celebration over the years the town's discarded junk conglomerated at the bottom of the river Noun a news and entertainment conglomerate Our small company must compete with the big conglomerates.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Other critical reviews of the Astro have focused on Amazon’s slow creep into our private spaces with smart devices, or on the banal evilness of the mega-conglomerate behind the product. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 1 Oct. 2021 Reuters reported this week that the firm sent a letter to investors calling for a potential breakup of the Seven & i Holdings conglomerate or other moves to increase the company’s share price. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Live Nation has since combined with the ticketing monopoly Ticketmaster, satellite radio monopolist SiriusXM, and online radio leader Pandora as part of media mega-conglomerate Liberty Media. Ron Knox, Wired, 16 Mar. 2021 Gautam Adani, whose conglomerate sprawls from ports to coal mines to food, has seen his personal wealth more than double, to some $32bn. The Economist, 5 Dec. 2020 That’s despite the fact that Trader Joe’s is owned by Aldi conglomerate Albrecht Discounts and parted ways long ago with its founder, Joe Coulombe, whom Lorr profiles at length. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 1 Oct. 2020 The state’s manufacturing companies had already spent the 1990s and early 2000s outsourcing their jobs, while the agriculture industry continued its transition to mega-conglomerate farming. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2020 One of the latest and most beloved mega retailers to host a Deals Day of its own is Target, the hip big-box shop of its conglomerate neighbors. Avery Felman, refinery29.com, 13 Oct. 2020 The move deepened Bayer’s commitment to a conglomerate model -- combining crop science, pharmaceuticals and consumer health under one roof -- at a time when many rivals have rigorously sharpened their focuses. Jef Feeley, Bloomberg.com, 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pair have traded the title several times this year, as has Bernard Arnault, chief of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, in an unprecedented year of jockeying atop the billionaire rankings. Kenrick Cai, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Then there was Merck, the pharmaceuticals conglomerate whose association with the Nazis may have been the most lurid of them all. Joshua Hammer, The New York Review of Books, 8 Apr. 2021 Tisch, whose grandfather Larry Tisch founded the Loews Corporation conglomerate with his brother, is the director of brand marketing at Loews Hotels, according to her LinkedIn page. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 9 Sep. 2021 For the last six years, Chivas Venture, a program funded by beverage company Chivas Brothers, a division of French spirits conglomerate Pernod Ricard, has provided funds to social entrepreneurs around the world. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Ultimately, Chalone fell on hard times financially, and in 2004 it was purchased by spirits conglomerate Diageo, which has since gotten out of the wine business altogether. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which also owns major fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, owns the other 50% of Fenty Beauty. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 4 Aug. 2021 To that, Yeon said Amorepacific, a South Korean cosmetics conglomerate that funded his research, intends to use this technology to test the effectiveness of their skin care products. Karen Kwon | Inside Science, ABC News, 18 July 2021 Koch Industries conglomerate that his father founded in 1940. Lisette Voytko, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the failing Chinese real estate conglomerate still has the capacity to generate market and economic shockwaves. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 The Chinese real estate conglomerate is more than $300 billion in debt — a figure equivalent to 2 percent of China’s gross domestic product — and missed a key interest payment to investors last week. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Though some downplayed its impact on the US market, the debt crisis surrounding Chinese conglomerate Evergrande is seen as a primary factor in Monday's decline, as the firm owes $305 billion and missed a payment deadline to investors this past week. Tom Aspray, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 In 2018, Cadenza licensed its technology for mass production to BAK Power, a Chinese conglomerate. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 18 Aug. 2021 Tencent Holdings, a Chinese tech conglomerate, reported that 490 million people watched N.B.A. programming on its platforms last year, including 21 million fans who watched Game 6 of the 2019 N.B.A. finals. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Shares in Tencent are down 0.7% on Wednesday, adding to the Chinese tech conglomerate's four-month slide in which it's lost one-fifth of its value. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 30 June 2021 It’s a smartphone vendor owned by the same Chinese conglomerate that sells handsets via various brands. Chris Smith, BGR, 15 June 2021 The private equity giant will purchase IDG from Oriental Rainbow, a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate that bought the tech publisher in 2017. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of conglomerate

Adjective

1572, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1642, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conglomerate

Adjective

Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare to roll together, from com- + glomerare to wind into a ball, from glomer-, glomus ball — more at clam

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The first known use of conglomerate was in 1572

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15 Oct 2021

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“Conglomerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conglomerate. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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conglomerate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conglomerate

: a large business that is made of different kinds of companies
: a kind of rock that is made from many stones of different sizes held together with hardened clay

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Kids Definition of conglomerate

1 : a mass (as a rock) formed of fragments from various sources
2 : a corporation engaging in many different kinds of business

conglomerate

adjective
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈgläm-(ə-)rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Medical Definition of conglomerate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds

conglomerate

verb
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ -ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \
conglomerated; conglomerating

Medical Definition of conglomerate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to gather (something) into a mass or coherent whole

intransitive verb

: to gather into a mass or coherent whole

Other Words from conglomerate

conglomerative \ -​ˈgläm-​(ə-​)rət-​iv, -​ə-​ˌrāt-​ How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \ adjective

conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ -(ə-)rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Medical Definition of conglomerate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a composite mass or mixture

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conglomerate

noun
con·​glom·​er·​ate | \ kən-ˈglä-mə-rət How to pronounce conglomerate (audio) \

Legal Definition of conglomerate

: a widely diversified company especially : a corporation that acquires other companies whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity

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