Definition of conglomerate in English:


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Pronunciation: /kənˈglɒm(ə)rət
  • 2 [mass noun] Geology A coarse-grained sedimentary rock composed of rounded fragments embedded in a matrix of cementing material such as silica: the sediments vary from coarse conglomerate to fine silt and clay
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    • The lower Spring Valley Member consists of fluvial to shallow-water sedimentary rocks including conglomerate, sandstone, shale, banded iron formation and localized stromatolitic limestone.
    • Bands of sheared sandstone, mudstone, and conglomerate locally form broken units indicating deformation prior to full lithification of sediment, consistent with an accretionary complex origin.
    • The plateau is capped by Pennsylvanian sandstone and shale, and lesser amounts of siltstone, conglomerate, and coal.


Pronunciation: /kənˈglɒm(ə)rət
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  • Relating to a conglomerate, especially a large corporation: conglomerate firms
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    • The whole thing makes you wonder whether or not these types of conglomerate businesses really make sense, if the best they can do is simply sell off their most important pieces.
    • You were signed to the major label corporate conglomerate thing, you did the American and European concert circuit, and now you've done away with all of that.
    • It also offered the benefit of controlling for potential confounding effects of conglomerate firms.


Pronunciation: /kənˈglɒməreɪt
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  • 1Gather together into a compact mass: atoms which conglomerate at the centre
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    • Recently, however, they began ‘conglomerating’ again.
    • The other students had already conglomerated into their groups, and Andrew was off talking with Matthew and flirting with his girlfriend.
    • They all conglomerated in the skies like birds of a flock in such dire terror that they voluntarily drowned themselves in the deep waters of the Pacific.
    coalesce, unite, join together, combine, merge, fuse, consolidate, amalgamate, integrate, mingle, meld, blend, intermingle, knit (together), link up, converge, come together
    literary commingle
  • 1.1Form a conglomerate by merging diverse firms: the urge to conglomerate has long been out of fashion in American boardrooms
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    • The infighting the Journal refers to is what the media companies got instead of synergy when they conglomerated.
    • One of the reasons the situation in America is as bad as it is is that bookstores were conglomerated at the same time as the publishers were.
    • But there's clearly a threat to diversity and the free flow of information, at least in the near term, of huge companies conglomerating into huger ones and swallowing up news organizations in the process.


late 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 century; the other noun senses are later.

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