AskDefine | Define syndicate

Dictionary Definition



1 a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities [syn: crime syndicate, mob, family]
2 an association of companies for some definite purpose [syn: consortium, pool]
3 a news agency that sells features or articles or photographs etc. to newspapers for simultaneous publication


1 join together into a syndicate; "The banks syndicated"
2 organize into or form a syndicate
3 sell articles, television programs, or photos to several publications or independent broadcasting stations

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A group of individuals or companies formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest; a self-coordinating group.
  2. A similar group of gangsters engaged in organized crime.
  3. A chain of newspapers, or an agency that distributes features to multiple newspapers.


  • (roughly) — business partners


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

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Syndicate comes from French syndicat which means trade union (syndic meaning administrator), from the Latin word syndicus which in turn comes from the Greek word σύνδικος (syndikos) which means caretaker of an issue, compare to ombudsman or representative.

Crime syndicates

Crime syndicates are criminal organizations 'running common businesses'.

Mass media

In the mass media, a syndicate will offer work for syndication.


In finance, a group of banks lending, for a specific purpose and to one single borrower, a - mostly large - amount of money is referred to as a bank syndicate or often only as a syndicate.
In investment banking, refers to a group of investment banks that share underwriting risk in respect to an issuer's securities. Referred to as the underwriting syndicate.

Worker Managed Enterprise

Anarchists, syndicalists and other libertarian socialists use the word "syndicate" to refer to an enterprise democratically managed by its workers. Such an enterprises is governed by a face-to-face meeting of everyone who works there, in which each worker has one vote. Either there are no managers, or the managers are democratically elected and recallable. In either case, the most important decisions are made collectively by the whole workforce. This is known as workers' self-management.

Femdom syndicate

People who engage in BDSM often refer to a group of dominant females and their partners as a "femdom syndicate." Often these syndicates have their own offices, tattoos and identity cards.


syndicate in Arabic: صندقة
syndicate in Asturian: Sindicatu
syndicate in Breton: Sindikad
syndicate in Catalan: Sindicat
syndicate in Danish: Syndikat
syndicate in German: Syndikat
syndicate in Estonian: Ametiühing
syndicate in Spanish: Sindicato
syndicate in Esperanto: Sindikato
syndicate in French: Syndicat
syndicate in Galician: Sindicato
syndicate in Korean: 노동조합
syndicate in Croatian: Sindikat
syndicate in Italian: Sindacato
syndicate in Hebrew: איגוד מקצועי
syndicate in Latvian: Tīmekļa sindikācija
syndicate in Lithuanian: Profesinė sąjunga
syndicate in Lingala: Sindika
syndicate in Dutch: Vakbond
syndicate in Japanese: シンジケート
syndicate in Norwegian: Syndikat
syndicate in Polish: Syndykat
syndicate in Portuguese: Sindicato
syndicate in Russian: Профессиональные союзы
syndicate in Albanian: Sindikata
syndicate in Slovenian: Sindikat
syndicate in Serbian: Синдикат
syndicate in Finnish: Syndikaatti
syndicate in Thai: สหภาพแรงงาน
syndicate in Vietnamese: Công đoàn
syndicate in Turkish: Sendika
syndicate in Urdu: ٹریڈ یونین
syndicate in Chinese: 工会

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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