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From French syndicat (office of a syndic; board of syndics; trade union), from syndic (syndic; representative; chief magistrate of Geneva) + -at (suffix denoting an action or result of an action), from Medieval Latin *syndicatus, from syndicus (representative of a corporation or town; syndic) (from Ancient Greek σύνδικος (súndikos, advocate for a defendant), from σύν (sún, beside; with) + δίκη (díkē, judgment; justice)) + -ātus (suffix forming adjectives from nouns indicating the possession of a thing or a quality).

Compare Italian sindacato (syndicate; trade union; audit, control, supervision), Occitan sendegat, Portuguese sindicato (trade union), Spanish sindicado, sindicato (office of a syndic; syndicate; trade union).



syndicate (plural syndicates)

  1. A group of individuals or companies formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest; a self-coordinating group.
    a gambling syndicate
    1. (crime) A group of gangsters engaged in organized crime.
    2. (mass media) A group of media companies, or an agency, formed to acquire content such as articles, cartoons, etc., and to publish it in multiple outlets; a chain of newspapers or other media outlets managed by such an organization.
  2. The office or jurisdiction of a syndic; a body or council of syndics.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Burnet to this entry?)



syndicate (third-person singular simple present syndicates, present participle syndicating, simple past and past participle syndicated)

  1. (intransitive) To become a syndicate.
  2. (transitive) To put under the control of a group acting as a unit.
  3. (transitive, mass media) To release media content through a syndicate to be broadcast or published through multiple outlets.

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