/kənˈsɔr ʃi əm, -ti-/
/kənˈsɔr ʃi ə, -ti ə/
a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital.
any association, partnership, or union.
the legal right of partners in a marriage to companionship and conjugal intercourse with each other:
In a wrongful death action the surviving spouse commonly seeks damages for loss of consortium.
partnership, equivalent to
an association of financiers, companies, etc, esp one formed for a particular purpose
the right of husband or wife to the company, assistance, and affection of the other
[C19: from Latin: community of goods, partnership; see
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A group of two or more companies, educational institutions, governments or other bodies with some shared purpose.
Examples from computing include the
World Wide Web Consortium
Apache Software Foundation
The Open Group
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Each involves a different consortium of presses with particular interest in that area.
The consortium duly committed itself to another round of green good works.
He will probably be part of a consortium bidding to take the firm private.
He wants to put together a consortium of five companies.
The lab leads an industry consortium developing the technology, which will require new electrical systems and batteries.
The consortium will provide electronic prescribing free to doctors across the country.