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



    BrE BrE//kənˈɡlɒmərət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈɡlɑːmərət//
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  1. 1[countable] (business) a large company formed by joining together different firms a media conglomerate
  2. 2[singular] (formal) a number of things or parts that are put together to form a whole
  3. 3 [uncountable] (geology) a type of rock made of small stones held together by dried clay
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective describing something gathered up into a rounded mass): from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare, from con- ‘together’ + glomus, glomer- ‘ball’. The geological sense dates from the early 19th cent.; the other noun senses are later.Extra examples one of seven global media conglomerates that dominate the industry the giant pharmaceutical conglomerates He turned the business into a huge media conglomerate. a/​an chemical/​industrial/​engineering/​mining conglomerate a/​an huge/​vast/​international/​multinational conglomerate
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conglomerate