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Definition of syndicate noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

syndicate

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BrE BrE//ˈsɪndɪkət//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪndɪkət//
 
a group of people or companies who work together and help each other in order to achieve a particular aim a crime syndicate
Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting a committee of government officials): from French syndicat, from medieval Latin syndicatus, from late Latin syndicus ‘delegate of a corporation’, from Greek sundikos, from sun- ‘together’ + dikē ‘justice’. Current verb senses date from the late 19th cent.Extra examples an organized crime syndicate It is the home of the largest crime syndicate in Japan. a drug(s)/crime syndicate a/​an banking/​insurance/​investment syndicate
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: syndicate

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