- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- to combine to form a syndicate.
Origin of syndicate
Related Wordsunion, conglomerate, gang, mob, organization, ring, cartel, association, cabinet, group, council, chain, company, partnership, outfit, crew, chamber, combine, board, committee
Examples from the Web for syndicate
Seventeen months later, a recently awoken Kennex is obsessed with figuring out how The Syndicate planned the ambush.‘Almost Human’ Review: A Dystopian Future That We’ve Seen Before
November 17, 2013
Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah syndicate still wielded the political power.Stop Blaming Israel And America For Fayyad’s Fall
April 29, 2013
Newsmax pays to syndicate their columns, and their stature lends the site credibility.The Right-Wing Money Model
January 7, 2013
It's all done on behalf of a syndicate, in which "everybody has a share."David's Bookclub: Catch-22
December 29, 2012
Bradlee explained that, “We do not censor comics, and I have passed your letter on to Mr. Johnson in care of the syndicate.”Dear Asshole: The Letters of Ben Bradlee From New Biography
May 12, 2012
His mind was at rest about the syndicate report now that it had been mailed to London.A Woman Intervenes
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."
When this syndicate was organized, or who constituted its members, we cannot say.
It's this syndicate business that your father has got mixed up in.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
- 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
- (tr) to sell (articles, photographs, etc) to several newspapers for simultaneous publication
- (tr) US to sell (a programme or programmes) to several local commercial television or radio stations
- to form a syndicate of (people)
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.