Meaning of conglomerate


A conglomerate is a group of things, especially companies, put together to form one. If you are rich enough to buy a TV network, a record company, several newspapers, and a radio station, you too can own a media conglomerate.

The root of conglomerate is glomus, a Latin word for “ball.” So think of a conglomerate as a bunch of different things balled together. Before it came to describe giant corporations, a conglomerate was a rock formed from different kinds of minerals. Conglomerate can also be used as a verb — like when your media companies conglomerated successfully.

Definitions of conglomerate
  1. verb

    collect or gather


    accumulate, amass, cumulate, gather, pile up

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    accumulate and create a backlog

    grow or become attached by accretion

    be piled up in banks or heaps by the force of wind or a current
    type of:


    become bigger or greater in amount

  2. adjective

    composed of heterogeneous elements gathered into a mass

    conglomerate peoples of New England”


    made or joined or united into one
  3. noun

    a composite rock made up of particles of varying size


    pudding stone

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    type of:

    rock, stone

    material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth’s crust

  4. noun

    a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization



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    publishing conglomerate, publishing empire

    a conglomerate of publishing companies
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    corp, corporation

    a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state

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