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[n., adj. kuh n-glom-er-it, kuh ng-; v. kuh n-glom-uh-reyt, kuh ng-] /n., adj. kənˈglɒm ər ɪt, kəŋ-; v. kənˈglɒm əˌreɪt, kəŋ-/
anything composed of heterogeneous materials or elements.
a corporation consisting of a number of subsidiary companies or divisions in a variety of unrelated industries, usually as a result of merger or acquisition.
Geology. a rock consisting of pebbles or the like embedded in a finer cementing material; consolidated gravel.
gathered into a rounded mass; consisting of parts so gathered; clustered.
consisting of heterogeneous parts or elements.
of or relating to a corporate conglomerate.
Geology. of the nature of a conglomerate.
verb (used with object), conglomerated, conglomerating.
to bring together into a cohering mass.
to gather into a ball or rounded mass.
verb (used without object), conglomerated, conglomerating.
to collect or cluster together.
(of a company) to become part of or merge with a conglomerate.
Origin of conglomerate
1565-75; < Latin conglomerātus (past participle of conglomerāre), equivalent to con- con- + glomer- (stem of glomus) ball of yarn + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
[kuh n-glom-uh-rat-ik, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈræt ɪk, kəŋ-/ (Show IPA),
[kuh n-glom-uh-rit-ik, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈrɪt ɪk, kəŋ-/ (Show IPA),
deconglomerate, verb, deconglomerated, deconglomerating.
miniconglomerate, noun
pseudoconglomerate, adjective
superconglomerate, noun
unconglomerated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conglomerate
  • There was no management conglomerate, no major label.
  • Now they are part of a real conglomerate with an eye on the bottom line, as are the other clubs.
  • Now, three years later, the finance arm is one of the conglomerate's best earners.
  • In theory, being a conglomerate makes it easier to meet rich people and create complex products to tempt them with.
  • Each wears a pin of the conglomerate's logo on his lapel.
  • Tuffaceous and pumiceous andesitic sandstone and siltstone with interbedded conglomerate and claystone.
  • The image on the right shows dark clasts of phyllite in the conglomerate.
British Dictionary definitions for conglomerate


noun (kənˈɡlɒmərɪt)
a thing composed of heterogeneous elements; mass
any coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of rounded fragments of rock embedded in a finer matrix Compare agglomerate (sense 3)
a large corporation consisting of a group of companies dealing in widely diversified goods, services, etc
verb (kənˈɡlɒməˌreɪt)
to form into a cluster or mass
adjective (kənˈɡlɒmərɪt)
made up of heterogeneous elements; massed
(of sedimentary rocks) consisting of rounded fragments within a finer matrix
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conglomerāre to roll up, from glomerāre to wind into a ball, from glomus ball of thread
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Word Origin and History for conglomerate

1570s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare "to roll together," from com- "together" (see com-) + glomerare "to gather into a ball," from glomus (genitive glomeris) "a ball," from PIE root *glem-.


"large business group," 1967, from conglomerate (adj.).


1590s, from Latin conglomeratus, past participle of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)). Related: Conglomerated; conglomerating.

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conglomerate in Medicine

conglomerate con·glom·er·ate (kən-glŏm'ər-ĭt)
Gathered or aggregated into a mass.

con·glom'er·a'tion (-ə-rā'shən) n.
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conglomerate in Science
A coarse-grained sedimentary rock consisting of round rock fragments cemented together by hardened silt, clay, calcium carbonate, or a similar material. The fragments (known as clasts) have a diameter of at least 2 mm (0.08 inches), vary in composition and origin, and may include pebbles, cobbles, boulders, or fossilized seashells. Conglomerates often form through the transportation and deposition of sediments by streams, alluvial fans, and glaciers.
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conglomerate in Culture
conglomerate [(kuhn-glom-uhr-uht)]

A corporation with diversified holdings that are acquired through mergers and acquisitions but that are not necessarily related.

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