[ verb uh-glom-uh-reyt; adjective, noun uh-glom-er-it, -uh-reyt ]
/ verb 蓹藞gl蓲m 蓹藢re瑟t; adjective, noun 蓹藞gl蓲m 蓹r 瑟t, -蓹藢re瑟t /
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Definition of agglomerate

verb (used with or without object), ag路glom路er路at路ed, ag路glom路er路at路ing.
to collect or gather into a cluster or mass.
gathered together into a cluster or mass.
Botany. crowded into a dense cluster, but not cohering.
a mass of things clustered together.
rock composed of rounded or angular volcanic fragments.
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Origin of agglomerate

1675鈥85; <Latin agglomer膩tus (past participle of agglomer膩re), equivalent to ag-ag- + glomer- (stem of glomus ball of yarn) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM agglomerate

ag路glom路er路a路tive [uh-glom-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv], /蓹藞gl蓲m 蓹藢re瑟 t瑟v, -蓹r 蓹 t瑟v/, adjectiveag路glom路er路a路tor, nounnon路ag路glom路er路a路tive, adjectiveun路ag路glom路er路a路tive, adjective
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What does聽agglomerate mean?

Agglomerate means to collect or gather into a cluster or mass, especially a messy or jumbled one.

As a verb, agglomerate is typically used in a passive way (as opposed to someone doing the agglomerating), as in Much of the garbage in the ocean has agglomerated into a giant floating mass.

The process of agglomerating is called agglomeration. Agglomeration can also refer to a messy cluster or jumbled collection of various elements. Agglomeration is often used to refer to groupings of miscellaneous things鈥攕uch as various types of objects or even people鈥攊nto a single (though often somewhat messy) unit. Agglomerate can also be used as a noun to mean the same thing.

The similar word conglomerate can be used in many of the same ways that agglomerate can, but it doesn鈥檛 doesn鈥檛 always imply a sense of messiness like agglomerate does. And conglomerate is most commonly used as a noun meaning a large corporation consisting of many companies.

Agglomerate can also be used as an adjective to describe things gathered together into a jumbled mass, as in My desk has become an agglomerate mess.

It can also be used in a few more specific ways. In botany, it鈥檚 used as an adjective to describe plant parts that are crowded into a dense cluster but not fully connected. In geology, it鈥檚 used as a noun referring to a type of rock composed of volcanic fragments.

Example: I forgot that the art project was due today, so my collage is really just an agglomerate of things I found around the house.

Where does聽agglomerate come from?

The first records of the word agglomerate come from the 1600s. It comes from the Latin agglomer膩re, from glomer膩re, meaning 鈥渢o wind into a ball,鈥 from glomus, meaning 鈥渂all鈥 or 鈥渕ass.鈥

As a noun, agglomerate refers to a mass of different things that have agglomerated together. A dish made from all the leftovers in the fridge could be called an agglomerate鈥攅specially when they don鈥檛 quite go together (though that quiche and meatball sandwich was pretty delicious). The United States is sometimes described as an agglomerate of different peoples from different places.

Agglomerate is perhaps more commonly used as a verb. When things agglomerate, they often get lumped together in one big jumble. This often happens through natural processes, such as flotsam agglomerating in the ocean or, slightly less naturally, stuff agglomerating in a big pile at the back of the closet.

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What are some other forms related to agglomerate?

  • agglomeration (noun)
  • agglomerative (adjective)
  • agglomerator (noun)

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How is聽agglomerate used in real life?

The word agglomerate typically involves a collection or mass of various things in a single unit. It often implies messiness, but this isn鈥檛 always negative.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of agglomerate?

A. cluster
B. dissipate
C. jumble
D. mass

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British Dictionary definitions for agglomerate


verb (蓹藞伞l蓲m蓹藢re瑟t)
to form or be formed into a mass or cluster; collect
noun (蓹藞伞l蓲m蓹r瑟t, -藢re瑟t)
a confused mass
a rock consisting of angular fragments of volcanic lavaCompare conglomerate (def. 2)
adjective (蓹藞伞l蓲m蓹r瑟t, -藢re瑟t)
formed into a mass

Derived forms of agglomerate

agglomeration, nounagglomerative, adjective

Word Origin for agglomerate

C17: from Latin agglomer膩re, from glomer膩re to wind into a ball, from glomus ball, mass
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