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conglomeration

[kuh n-glom-uh-rey-shuh n, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈreɪ ʃən, kəŋ-/
noun
1.
the act of conglomerating; the state of being conglomerated.
2.
a cohering mass; cluster.
3.
a heterogeneous combination:
a conglomeration of ideas.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin conglomerātiōn- (stem of conglomerātiō), equivalent to conglomerāt(us) conglomerate + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conglomerative
[kuh n-glom-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv, kuh ng-] /kənˈglɒm ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv, kəŋ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
2, 3. agglomeration, aggregate, aggregation, conglomerate.
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Word Origin and History for conglomerative

conglomeration

n.

1620s, from Latin conglomerationem (nominative conglomeratio), noun of action from past participle stem of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)).

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