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agglomerate

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
  1. verb
    form into one cluster
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    bunch, bunch up, bundle, clump, cluster
    gather or cause to gather into a cluster
  2. noun
    a collection of objects laid on top of each other
    synonyms: 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
    scrapheap
    pile of discarded metal
    shock
    a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field
    slagheap
    pile of waste matter from coal mining etc
    stack
    an orderly pile
    funeral pyre, pyre
    wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
    woodpile
    a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel
    stockpile
    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
  3. noun
    volcanic rock consisting of large fragments fused together
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    volcanic rock
    extrusive igneous rock solidified near or on the surface of the Earth
  4. adjective
    clustered together but not coherent
    “an agglomerated flower head”
    synonyms: agglomerated, agglomerative, clustered
    collective
    forming a whole or aggregate
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