[ sin-er-jee ]
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noun,plural syn·er·gies.
  1. the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.

  2. Physiology, Medicine/Medical. the cooperative action of two or more muscles, nerves, or the like.

  1. Biochemistry, Pharmacology. the cooperative action of two or more stimuli or drugs.

Origin of synergy

First recorded in 1650–60; from New Latin synergia, from Greek synergía, from synerg(ós) “working together” (see synergism) + -ia -y3

Other words from synergy

  • syn·er·gic [si-nur-jik], /sɪˈnɜr dʒɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use synergy in a sentence

  • A not infrequent accompaniment is a shrug of one or both shoulders, due to synergic contraction of the trapezius.

British Dictionary definitions for synergy


/ (ˈsɪnədʒɪ) /

nounplural -gies
  1. Also called: synergism the potential ability of individual organizations or groups to be more successful or productive as a result of a merger

  2. another name for synergism (def. 1)

Origin of synergy

C19: from New Latin synergia, from Greek sunergos; see synergism

Derived forms of synergy

  • synergic (sɪˈnɜːdʒɪk), adjective

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