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[noun, adjective kuh n-glom-er-it, kuh ng-; verb kuh n-glom-uh-reyt, kuh ng-]
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  1. anything composed of heterogeneous materials or elements.
  2. a corporation consisting of a number of subsidiary companies or divisions in a variety of unrelated industries, usually as a result of merger or acquisition.
  3. Geology. a rock consisting of pebbles or the like embedded in a finer cementing material; consolidated gravel.
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  1. gathered into a rounded mass; consisting of parts so gathered; clustered.
  2. consisting of heterogeneous parts or elements.
  3. of or relating to a corporate conglomerate.
  4. Geology. of the nature of a conglomerate.
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verb (used with object), con·glom·er·at·ed, con·glom·er·at·ing.
  1. to bring together into a cohering mass.
  2. to gather into a ball or rounded mass.
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verb (used without object), con·glom·er·at·ed, con·glom·er·at·ing.
  1. to collect or cluster together.
  2. (of a company) to become part of or merge with a conglomerate.
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Origin of conglomerate

1565–75; < Latin conglomerātus (past participle of conglomerāre), equivalent to con- con- + glomer- (stem of glomus) ball of yarn + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·glom·er·at·ic [kuh n-glom-uh-rat-ik, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈræt ɪk, kəŋ-/, con·glom·er·it·ic [kuh n-glom-uh-rit-ik, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈrɪt ɪk, kəŋ-/, adjectivede·con·glom·er·ate, verb, de·con·glom·er·at·ed, de·con·glom·er·at·ing.min·i·con·glom·er·ate, nounpseu·do·con·glom·er·ate, adjectivesu·per·con·glom·er·ate, nounun·con·glom·er·at·ed, adjective
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Related Words for conglomerate

cartel, group, chain, syndicate, varied, assorted, motley, variegated, mixed, massed, clustered, amassed, agglomeration, aggregation, agglomerate, combine, aggregate, trust, conglomeration

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British Dictionary definitions for conglomerate


noun (kənˈɡlɒmərɪt)
  1. a thing composed of heterogeneous elements; mass
  2. any coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded fragments of rock embedded in a finer matrixCompare agglomerate (def. 3)
  3. a large corporation consisting of a group of companies dealing in widely diversified goods, services, etc
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verb (kənˈɡlɒməˌreɪt)
  1. to form into a cluster or mass
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adjective (kənˈɡlɒmərɪt)
  1. made up of heterogeneous elements; massed
  2. (of sedimentary rocks) consisting of rounded fragments within a finer matrix
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Word Origin for conglomerate

C16: from Latin conglomerāre to roll up, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball of thread
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Word Origin and History for conglomerate


1570s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare "to roll together," from com- "together" (see com-) + glomerare "to gather into a ball," from glomus (genitive glomeris) "a ball," from PIE root *glem-.

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"large business group," 1967, from conglomerate (adj.).

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1590s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)). Related: Conglomerated; conglomerating.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

conglomerate in Medicine


  1. Gathered or aggregated into a mass.
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Related formscon•glom′er•ation (-ə-rāshən) n.
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conglomerate in Science


  1. A coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of round rock fragments cemented together by hardened silt, clay, calcium carbonate, or a similar material. The fragments (known as clasts) have a diameter of at least 2 mm (0.08 inches), vary in composition and origin, and may include pebbles, cobbles, boulders, or fossilized seashells. Conglomerates often form through the transportation and deposition of sediments by streams, alluvial fans, and glaciers.
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conglomerate in Culture



A corporation with diversified holdings that are acquired through mergers and acquisitions but that are not necessarily related.

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