[noun sin-di-kit; verb sin-di-keyt]


verb (used with object), syn·di·cat·ed, syn·di·cat·ing.

verb (used without object), syn·di·cat·ed, syn·di·cat·ing.

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 formssyn·di·cat·a·ble, adjectivesyn·di·ca·tion, nounan·ti·syn·di·ca·tion, adjectivenon·syn·di·cat·ed, adjectivenon·syn·di·ca·tion, nounre·syn·di·cat·ed, adjectivesub·syn·di·cate, nounsub·syn·di·ca·tion, nounsu·per·syn·di·cate, nounun·syn·di·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for syndicate

Contemporary Examples of syndicate

Historical Examples of syndicate

  • His mind was at rest about the syndicate report now that it had been mailed to London.

  • 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)

(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)
Derived Formssyndication, noun

Word Origin for syndicate

C17: from Old French syndicat office of a syndic
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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