Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An association of people or firms formed to promote a common interest or carry out a business enterprise.
  • noun A loose affiliation of gangsters in control of organized criminal activities.
  • noun An agency that sells articles, features, or photographs for publication in a number of newspapers or periodicals simultaneously.
  • noun A company consisting of a number of separate newspapers; a newspaper chain.
  • noun The office, position, or jurisdiction of a syndic or body of syndics.
  • intransitive verb To organize into or manage as a syndicate.
  • intransitive verb To sell (a horse) to a syndicate.
  • intransitive verb To sell (a comic strip or column, for example) through a syndicate for simultaneous publication in newspapers or periodicals.
  • intransitive verb To sell (a television series, for example) directly to independent stations.
  • intransitive verb To create a feed for (a website), allowing users to include content from the website in other websites or to view the content.
  • intransitive verb To include (the contents of a website) on another website by using a feed.
  • intransitive verb To join together in a syndicate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To judge; censure.
  • To unite in a syndicate; associate: as, syndicated capitalists.
  • To effect by means of a syndicate, as a sale of property.
  • noun A council or body of syndics; the office, state, or jurisdiction of a syndic.
  • noun An association of persons or corporations formed with the view of promoting some particular enterprise, discharging some trust, or the like; a combination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To judge; to censure.
  • intransitive verb To unite to form a syndicate.
  • noun The office or jurisdiction of a syndic; a council, or body of syndics.
  • noun An association of persons officially authorized to undertake some duty or to negotiate some business; also, an association of persons who combine to carry out, on their own account, a financial or industrial project.
  • noun A more or less organized association of criminals controlling some aspects of criminal activity, in a specific area or country-wide; -- used loosely as a synonym for organized crime or the mafia.
  • noun (Journalism) a commercial organization that purchases various journalistic items, such as articles, columns, or comic strips, from their individual creators, and resells them to newspapers or other periodicals for simultaneous publication over a wide area.
  • transitive verb To combine or form into, or manage as, a syndicate.
  • transitive verb To acquire or control for or by, or to subject to the management of, a syndicate.
  • transitive verb (Journalism) to purchase various journalistic items, such as articles, columns, or comic strips, from their individual creators, and resell them to numerous periodicals for simultaneous publication over a wide area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A group of individuals or companies formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest; a self-coordinating group.
  • noun A similar group of gangsters engaged in organized crime.
  • noun A chain of newspapers, or an agency that distributes features to multiple newspapers.
  • verb intransitive To become a syndicate.
  • verb transitive To put under the control of a group acting as a unit.
  • verb transitive To release media content through a syndicate to be published or broadcast through multiple outlets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb organize into or form a syndicate
  • noun a news agency that sells features or articles or photographs etc. to newspapers for simultaneous publication
  • verb sell articles, television programs, or photos to several publications or independent broadcasting stations
  • noun a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
  • verb join together into a syndicate
  • noun an association of companies for some definite purpose

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French syndicat, from Old French, office of syndic, from Medieval Latin syndicātus, from Late Latin syndicus, syndic; see syndic.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French syndicat ("office of syndic, board of syndics, trade union"), from French syndic ("administrator"), from Latin syndicus, from Ancient Greek σύνδικος (syndikos, "caretaker of issue").

Examples

  • Finally in late 1992 three members of Mkhize's hitsquad, which he called his syndicate, were arrested for the attack on ANC leader

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  • Multenius and Levendale would make -- or were making -- what he called a syndicate to buy it from him.

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  • He said al Qaeda and what he calls a syndicate of affiliated groups are less capable of large-scale, coordinated attacks than they once were and in many cases their leadership has been killed or captured.

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  • He said al-Qaida and what he calls a syndicate of affiliated groups are less capable of large-scale, coordinated attacks than they once were and in many cases their leadership has been killed or captured.

    Matthew Yglesias

  • He said al-Qaida and what he calls a syndicate of affiliated groups are less capable of large-scale, coordinated attacks than they once were and in many cases their leadership has been killed or captured.

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  • He said al-Qaida and what he calls a syndicate of affiliated groups are less capable of large-scale, coordinated attacks than they once were and in many cases their leadership has been killed or captured.

    Fore, right!

  • He said al-Qaida and what he calls a syndicate of affiliated groups are less capable of large-scale, coordinated attacks than they once were and in many cases their leadership has been killed or captured.

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  • From the rebels to the syndicate -- they're running the streets and the government -- so when the people have a problem they can't always call the police because the syndicate is running them.

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  • The fascist Republican crime syndicate is paying its trolls a lot of money to deflect the fact that they are indeed, fascists.

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  • Then she finally retired completely, so the syndicate is rerunning the whole strip from the beginning.

    Doonesbury disappointment

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