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. verb
    collect or gather
    synonyms: accumulate, amass, cumulate, gather, pile up
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    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
  2. adjective
    composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass
    “the conglomerate peoples of New England”
    Synonyms:
    combined
    made or joined or united into one
  3. noun
    a composite rock made up of particles of varying size
    synonyms: pudding stone
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    type of:
    rock, stone
    material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust
  4. noun
    a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
    synonyms: empire
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    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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