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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
syn•di•cate /n. ˈsɪndɪkɪt; v. -ˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. a group of individuals or organizations that combine or cooperate in order to engage in business transactions or negotiations or some other undertaking:A syndicate is buying up all the stock of that business firm.
  2. a group or association of gangsters controlling organized crime or one type of crime.
  3. Journalism
    • an agency that buys articles, stories, photographs, etc., and distributes them for publication in a number of newspapers or periodicals.
    • a chain of newspapers.

v. 
  1. to combine or form (companies) into a syndicate: [+ object]to syndicate companies.[no object]agreeing to syndicate as a way to save money.
  2. Journalism to publish simultaneously in a number of newspapers or periodicals:[+ object]Her column is syndicated in the Wall Street Journal and other important daily newspapers.
syn•di•ca•tion /ˌsɪndɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
syn•di•cate  (n. sindi kit;v. sindi kāt′),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -cat•ed, -cat•ing. 
n. 
  1. a group of individuals or organizations combined or making a joint effort to undertake some specific duty or carry out specific transactions or negotiations:The local furniture store is individually owned, but is part of a buying syndicate.
  2. Businessa combination of bankers or capitalists formed for the purpose of carrying out some project requiring large resources of capital, as the underwriting of an issue of stock or bonds.
  3. Journalism
    • an agency that buys articles, stories, columns, photographs, comic strips, or other features and distributes them for simultaneous publication in a number of newspapers or periodicals in different localities. Cf.  boiler plate (def. 2).
    • a business organization owning and operating a number of newspapers;
      newspaper chain.
  4. a group, combination, or association of gangsters controlling organized crime or one type of crime, esp. in one region of the country.
  5. a council or body of syndics.
  6. Governmenta local organization of employers or employees in Italy during the Fascist regime.

v.t. 
  1. to combine into a syndicate.
  2. Journalismto publish simultaneously, or supply for simultaneous publication, in a number of newspapers or other periodicals in different places:Her column is syndicated in 120 papers.
  3. Show Business[Television.]to sell (a program, series, etc.) directly to independent stations.
  4. Businessto sell shares in or offer participation in the financial sharing of (a risk venture, loan, or the like):to syndicate a racehorse among speculators; to syndicate a loan among several banks.

v.i. 
  1. to combine to form a syndicate.
syndi•cat′a•ble, adj. 
syn′di•cation, n. 
  • Medieval Latin syndicātus. See syndic, -ate3
  • Middle French syndicat office of syndic, board of syndics
  • 1600–10

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