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[noun sin-di-kit; verb sin-di-keyt] /noun ˈsɪn dɪ kɪt; verb ˈsɪn dɪˌkeɪt/
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.
a 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.
  1. 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.
    Compare boilerplate (def 2a).
  2. a business organization owning and operating a number of newspapers; newspaper chain.
a group, combination, or association of gangsters controlling organized crime or one type of crime, especially in one region of the country.
a council or body of syndics.
a local organization of employers or employees in Italy during the Fascist regime.
verb (used with object), syndicated, syndicating.
to combine into a syndicate.
to 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.
Television. to sell (a program, series, etc.) directly to independent stations.
to 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.
verb (used without object), syndicated, syndicating.
to combine to form a syndicate.
Origin of syndicate
1600-10; < Middle French syndicat office of syndic, board of syndics < Medieval Latin syndicātus. See syndic, -ate3
Related forms
syndicatable, adjective
syndication, noun
antisyndication, adjective
nonsyndicated, adjective
nonsyndication, noun
resyndicated, adjective
subsyndicate, noun
subsyndication, noun
supersyndicate, noun
unsyndicated, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His mind was at rest about the syndicate report now that it had been mailed to London.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • We have smelters; they are closed at the order of a syndicate in this city.

    An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
  • The name selected by the syndicate for their new building was "The Globe."

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • When this syndicate was organized, or who constituted its members, we cannot say.

    Shakespearean Playhouses

    Joseph Quincy Adams
  • It's this syndicate business that your father has got mixed up in.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
British Dictionary definitions for syndicate


noun (ˈsɪndɪkɪt)
an association of business enterprises or individuals organized to undertake a joint project requiring considerable capital
a news agency that sells articles, photographs, etc, to a number of newspapers for simultaneous publication
any association formed to carry out an enterprise or enterprises of common interest to its members
a board of syndics or the office of syndic
(in Italy under the Fascists) a local organization of employers or employees
verb (ˈsɪndɪˌkeɪt)
(transitive) to sell (articles, photographs, etc) to several newspapers for simultaneous publication
(transitive) (US) to sell (a programme or programmes) to several local commercial television or radio stations
to form a syndicate of (people)
Derived Forms
syndication, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French syndicat office of a syndic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for syndicate

1620s, "council or body of representatives," from French syndicat, from syndic "representative of a corporation" (see syndic). Meaning "combination of persons or companies to carry out some commercial undertaking" first occurs 1865. Publishing sense of "association of publishers for purchasing articles, etc., for simultaneous publication in a number of newspapers" is from 1889. (Syndication "publication, broadcast, or ownership by a syndicate" is attested from 1925.) As a synonym for "organized crime, the Mob" it is recorded from 1929.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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