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conglomeration

[kuhn-glom-uh-rey-shuhn, kuhng-]
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noun
  1. the act of conglomerating; the state of being conglomerated.
  2. a cohering mass; cluster.
  3. a heterogeneous combination: a conglomeration of ideas.
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Origin of conglomeration

1620–30; < Late Latin conglomerātiōn- (stem of conglomerātiō), equivalent to conglomerāt(us) conglomerate + -iōn- -ion
Related formscon·glom·er·a·tive [kuhn-glom-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv, kuhng-] /kənˈglɒm ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv, kəŋ-/, adjective

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Related Words

mishmashaggregationagglomerationhoardcombinationcompositecollectionmassmedleymiscellanyaggregateassortmentcumulationcombotrovehodge-podgeamassment

Examples from the Web for conglomeration

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  • So in his piano music we find a conglomeration of other men's ideas, other men's figures.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • But he had his own, if the place was a conglomeration of everything.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • What is any public question but a conglomeration of private interests?

    The Warden

    Anthony Trollope

  • Dr. Guthrie was examining the conglomeration of books that loaded the shelves.

  • And these examples prove that bodies are nothing but a conglomeration of molecules.

    In Search of a Son

    William Shepard Walsh


British Dictionary definitions for conglomeration

conglomeration

noun
  1. a conglomerate mass
  2. a mass of miscellaneous things
  3. the act of conglomerating or the state of being conglomerated
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Word Origin and History for conglomeration

n.

1620s, from Latin conglomerationem (nominative conglomeratio), noun of action from past participle stem of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)).

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