When things agglomerate, they gather together into a cluster or a group. In some states, people tend to agglomerate into cities, leaving rural areas sparsely populated.

You might come across the verb agglomerate in business news — moguls tend to agglomerate companies, collecting them under one controlling interest. You could also describe a website that agglomerates news items, gathering them all into one place. The Latin root word is agglomerare, "to wind or add onto a ball," from ad, "to," and glomerare, "ball of yarn."

Definitions of agglomerate

v form into one cluster

Type of:
bunch, bunch up, bundle, clump, cluster
gather or cause to gather into a cluster

n a collection of objects laid on top of each other

cumulation, cumulus, heap, mound, pile
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compost heap, compost pile
a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost
dunghill, midden, muckheap, muckhill
a heap of dung or refuse
pile of discarded metal
a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field
pile of waste matter from coal mining etc
an orderly pile
funeral pyre, pyre
wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel
a storage pile accumulated for future use
hayrick, haystack, rick
a stack of hay
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n volcanic rock consisting of large fragments fused together

Type of:
volcanic rock
extrusive igneous rock solidified near or on the surface of the Earth

adj clustered together but not coherent

“an agglomerated flower head”
agglomerated, agglomerative, clustered
forming a whole or aggregate

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