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

n an association of companies for some definite purpose

consortium, pool
Medellin cartel
a drug cartel in Colombia; controlled the production of cocaine from the 1970s until 1993 when the leader was killed
Cali cartel
a drug cartel that seized control of cocaine production in Colombia in 1993; adopted techniques used by terrorist organizations (small cells and sophisticated communications equipment and close ties with politicians etc.)
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

n a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

crime syndicate, family, mob
Cosa Nostra, Maffia, Mafia
a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia
Type of:
gangdom, gangland, organized crime
underworld organizations

n a news agency that sells features or articles or photographs etc. to newspapers for simultaneous publication

Type of:
news agency, news organisation, news organization, press agency, press association, wire service
an agency to collects news reports for newspapers and distributes it electronically

v organize into or form a syndicate

Type of:
form, organise, organize
create (as an entity)

v sell articles, television programs, or photos to several publications or independent broadcasting stations

Type of:
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

v join together into a syndicate

“The banks syndicated
Type of:
connect, join, link, link up, unite
be or become joined or united or linked

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