WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- 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.
- a group or association of gangsters controlling organized crime or one type of crime.
- an agency that buys articles, stories, photographs, etc., and distributes them for publication in a number of newspapers or periodicals.
- a chain of newspapers.
- to combine or form (companies) into a syndicate: [~ + object]to syndicate companies.[no object]agreeing to syndicate as a way to save money.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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;
- a group, combination, or association of gangsters controlling organized crime or one type of crime, esp. in one region of the country.
- a council or body of syndics.
- Governmenta local organization of employers or employees in Italy during the Fascist regime.
- to combine into a syndicate.
- 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.
- Show Business[Television.]to sell (a program, series, etc.) directly to independent stations.
- 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.
- to combine to form a syndicate.
- Medieval Latin syndicātus. See syndic, -ate3
- Middle French syndicat office of syndic, board of syndics