Definition of conglomerate in US English:



Pronunciation /kənˈɡlɑmərət//kənˈɡlämərət/
  • 1A number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities.

    ‘the Earth is a specialized conglomerate of organisms’
    • ‘It's a conglomerate of all of my friends and I thrown together.’
    • ‘It's a conglomerate of three houses opened to one another and built in the old style - with arches, tufa (soft volcanic stone) and many stairs.’
    • ‘In fact a few of the characters are conglomerates of different people that I came across when I lived there.’
    • ‘Once a year, a conglomerate of children's literacy-type people (librarians, teachers, museum workers, etc.) from the Pittsburgh area put together a lovely one-day conference featuring a bevy of children's authors and illustrators.’
    • ‘Spinning is done by a conglomerate of home based as well as on site handcraft spinners located in the city of Melo, Uruguay.’
    mixture, mix, combination, mingling, commingling, amalgamation, amalgam, union, conjunction, marriage, merging, compound, alloy, fusion, meld, composite, concoction, synthesis, homogenization
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    1. 1.1 A large corporation formed by the merging of separate and diverse firms.
      ‘a media conglomerate’
      • ‘The process of globalization, epitomized by the transformation of American corporations into transnational conglomerates, radically and permanently altered the conditions of life for the working class.’
      • ‘People could not evaluate the true risk of their investments because financial conglomerates were distorting market signals.’
      • ‘Canada's distilling industry achieved concentration within the industry through horizontal integration or numerous mergers which created large conglomerates where oligopolist firms dominated.’
      • ‘Last week, big newspaper companies, broadcast media conglomerates, and their lawyers and brokers and bankers and boards, had all lined up the next big media buying frenzy.’
      • ‘Indeed, his words have proved true, as present-day giant media corporations and media conglomerates attest.’
      • ‘After all, we are a corporation, not a conglomerate.’
      • ‘That's equal to 40% of the conglomerate's senior management team.’
      • ‘Speculation is also swirling that insurance and other financial conglomerates could spin off their asset-management arms.’
      • ‘But it does demonstrate that the vast media conglomerates looking to take over the online music market are in rude health.’
      • ‘Soon the day will come when profitable businesses could process reputation data and resell it to customers ranging from credit card companies to retailers to media conglomerates.’
      • ‘But he scoffed at conspiracy theories suggesting government, corporations and media conglomerates are in cahoots.’
      • ‘Coming from media conglomerates and other corporate giants, that sort of rhetoric is notably self-serving.’
      • ‘Freedom of choice in voting is also a myth since the masses really only get to choose between two stooges of big business who have already been hand-picked by the corporate parties and media conglomerates.’
      • ‘They both concentrate on training on the spot, offering experiences in different types of media, as they are run by diversified media conglomerates.’
      • ‘Now public opinion has come under the control of corporate conglomerates whose primary interest is profit.’
      • ‘As a green party councillor totally opposed to multi-national companies and conglomerates, how can l condemn someone for doing something l do myself?’
      • ‘This is the largest of all of the global media conglomerates, a brash place where swagger and superstar brands are a way of life.’
      • ‘Debt-ridden media conglomerates are now considering sales of their music divisions even as they begin to test paid online music services intended to compete with free file-swapping networks and turn the tide.’
      • ‘In the distant future, when space travel is common and the solar system has been colonized by Earth, corporate conglomerates hold a firm grip on the space industry.’
      • ‘The print press has sometimes also been victimized by similar cost-cutting strategies, often as a consequence of media mergers by larger conglomerates.’
      corporation, combine, group, grouping, consortium, partnership, joint concern, trust, merger, merged businesses, merged companies, merged firms
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  • 2Geology
    A coarse-grained sedimentary rock composed of rounded fragments (> 2 mm) within a matrix of finer grained material.

    ‘the sediments vary from coarse conglomerate to fine silt and clay’
    • ‘The plateau is capped by Pennsylvanian sandstone and shale, and lesser amounts of siltstone, conglomerate, and coal.’
    • ‘The Annascaul Formation is at least 500 m thick, and is dominated by mudrocks with subordinate quartz wacke sandstones, tuffaceous fine conglomerates and melange.’
    • ‘It is composed of gray carbonaceous silt-stone and three conspicuous beds of sandstone and conglomerate.’
    • ‘Bands of sheared sandstone, mudstone, and conglomerate locally form broken units indicating deformation prior to full lithification of sediment, consistent with an accretionary complex origin.’
    • ‘The lower Spring Valley Member consists of fluvial to shallow-water sedimentary rocks including conglomerate, sandstone, shale, banded iron formation and localized stromatolitic limestone.’
    aggregate, agglomerate
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Pronunciation /kənˈɡlɑmərət//kənˈɡlämərət/
  • Relating to a conglomerate, especially a large corporation.

    ‘conglomerate businesses’
    • ‘I might make conglomerate collage-type-things where I just paste sketches onto a single document and upload it as the character picture.’
    • ‘It also offered the benefit of controlling for potential confounding effects of conglomerate firms.’
    • ‘The whole thing makes you wonder whether or not these types of conglomerate businesses really make sense, if the best they can do is simply sell off their most important pieces.’
    • ‘That's going to be more difficult for omnibus conglomerate brands to invoke.’
    • ‘You were signed to the major label corporate conglomerate thing, you did the American and European concert circuit, and now you've done away with all of that.’
    • ‘Now, they're conglomerate empires and don't need to - hence my use of the word ‘subversive’.’
    • ‘Thus, conglomerate firms grew faster than other firms in the 1960s.’
    • ‘However, the exoneration of the conglomerate owners is drawing strong protests from civic activists, supported by some in the legal community.’
    • ‘The current international scene is so dominated by conglomerate thinking and similarity between brand profiles that it is hard to find an original point of view.’
    • ‘Well, you see that our measly, oxymoronic ‘will power’ is no match for breakup freakout, not to mention these massive conglomerate phone companies.’
    • ‘The conglomerate owners ordered heavy cuts in news budgets, and the networks decided they could save money by becoming partners instead of competitors in gathering exit poll data.’
    • ‘It's not the case that it's been trampled by big conglomerate multinationals.’
    • ‘We coded product extension and conglomerate acquisitions as diversifying acquisitions.’
    • ‘In other words, one could see the problem of conglomerate media ownership as threatening at least the process of sending, receiving, and imparting information, if not more aspects of communication.’
    • ‘There is also disagreement on the impact of conglomerate mergers on competition.’
    • ‘This is especially true in economic matters, where reporters are understandably prone to self-censor criticism of their conglomerate owners.’
    • ‘I read a quote from a major US media conglomerate executive yesterday that ‘The line between news and entertainment is blurring’.’
    • ‘This has been caused by conglomerate investment in TV.’
    aggregate, agglomerate, amassed, gathered, clustered, combined
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Pronunciation /kənˈɡläməˌrāt//kənˈɡlɑməˌreɪt/
  • 1Gather together into a compact mass.

    ‘atoms that conglomerate at the center’
    • ‘But as they conglomerated into the mass of people, she was deciding whether or not to remind him he was still unnecessarily touching her.’
    • ‘Recently, however, they began ‘conglomerating’ again.’
    • ‘It's quite clear that you are just conglomerating random images and names that are floating around your opium-addled brain, and trying to pass it off as real fact.’
    • ‘They conglomerated together and formed a large lump.’
    • ‘Gangs of snowflakes made their way across town until they conglomerated in one decidedly ironic location… my driveway.’
    • ‘They all conglomerated in the skies like birds of a flock in such dire terror that they voluntarily drowned themselves in the deep waters of the Pacific.’
    • ‘Across from his standpoint, a group of trees loomed tall and conglomerated in darkness.’
    • ‘It then conglomerates them into an annotated list and emails it to your mom and the FBI.’
    • ‘I swallowed a large amount of saliva that had conglomerated in my throat.’
    • ‘The other students had already conglomerated into their groups, and Andrew was off talking with Matthew and flirting with his girlfriend.’
    coalesce, unite, join together, combine, merge, fuse, consolidate, amalgamate, integrate, mingle, meld, blend, intermingle, knit, knit together, link up, converge, come together
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    1. 1.1 Form a conglomerate by merging diverse businesses.
      • ‘Media companies conglomerated after seeing opportunity in properties that could be synergistically exploited from one medium to another.’
      • ‘The infighting the Journal refers to is what the media companies got instead of synergy when they conglomerated.’
      • ‘One of the reasons the situation in America is as bad as it is is that bookstores were conglomerated at the same time as the publishers were.’
      • ‘As soon as the record companies conglomerated, they no longer had the time to spend developing.’
      • ‘But there's clearly a threat to diversity and the free flow of information, at least in the near term, of huge companies conglomerating into huger ones and swallowing up news organizations in the process.’


Late Middle English (as an adjective describing something gathered up into a rounded mass): from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare, from con- ‘together’ + glomus, glomer- ‘ball’. The geological sense dates from the early 19th century; the other noun senses are later.