A syndicate is a group of corporations working for a common interest. A syndicate might collectively raise money for a real estate project. A syndicate sometimes has a criminal side — it can also describe a similar alliance of gangsters.

Syndicate entered English in the 17th century from the French word syndicat, meaning "representative of a corporation." The Lloyd's of London insurance group is an early example of a syndicate. Syndicate can also describe an agency that sells the rights to copyrighted material, such as feature articles, to newspapers or magazines. The word has a verb form as well. If you work for a syndicate, you might syndicate the classic "Peanuts" cartoon strip in hundreds of newspapers around the world.

Definitions of syndicate
  1. noun
    an association of companies for some definite purpose
    synonyms: consortium, pool
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    cartel, combine, corporate trust, trust
    a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
    drug cartel
    an illicit cartel formed to control the production and distribution of narcotic drugs
    oil cartel
    a cartel of companies or nations formed to control the production and distribution of oil
    type of:
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
  2. noun
    a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
    synonyms: crime syndicate, family, mob
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    Cosa Nostra, Maffia, Mafia
    a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
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    gangdom, gangland, organized crime
    underworld organizations
  3. noun
    a news agency that sells features or articles or photographs etc. to newspapers for simultaneous publication
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    news agency, news organisation, news organization, press agency, press association, wire service
    an agency to collects news reports for newspapers and distributes it electronically
  4. verb
    organize into or form a syndicate
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    type of:
    form, organise, organize
    create (as an entity)
  5. verb
    sell articles, television programs, or photos to several publications or independent broadcasting stations
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    type of:
    exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
  6. verb
    join together into a syndicate
    “The banks syndicated
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    type of:
    connect, join, link, link up, unite
    be or become joined or united or linked
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