conglomerate

A conglomerate is a group of things, especially companies, put together to form one. If you are rich enough to buy a TV network, a record company, several newspapers, and a radio station, you too can own a media conglomerate.

The root of conglomerate is glomus, a Latin word for “ball.” So think of a conglomerate as a bunch of different things balled together. Before it came to describe giant corporations, a conglomerate was a rock formed from different kinds of minerals. Conglomerate can also be used as a verb — like when your media companies conglomerated successfully.

Definitions of conglomerate
1

v collect or gather

Synonyms:
accumulate, amass, cumulate, gather, pile up
Types:
backlog
accumulate and create a backlog
accrete
grow or become attached by accretion
drift
be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

adj composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass

“the conglomerate peoples of New England”
Synonyms:
combined
made or joined or united into one

n a composite rock made up of particles of varying size

Synonyms:
pudding stone
Type of:
rock, stone
material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust

n a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization

Synonyms:
empire
Types:
publishing conglomerate, publishing empire
a conglomerate of publishing companies
Type of:
corp, corporation
a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state

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