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Topic: GEOLOGY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of conglomerare 'to roll together', from com- ( COM-) + glomus 'ball'

conglomerate

noun
     
con‧glom‧e‧rate
1 [countable]BBC a large business organization consisting of several different companies that have joined together:
an international conglomerate
2 [uncountable and countable]HEG technical a rock consisting of different sizes of stones held together by clay
3 [countable] formal a group of things gathered together
WORD FOCUS: company WORD FOCUS: company
similar words: firm, business

a big company: corporation, multinational, conglomerate

an Internet company: dot-com

a company that is owned by a larger company: subsidiary, affiliate

abbreviations used in company names: Ltd (Limited)
Co.
(Company)
Corp.
(Corporation)
PLC
(Public Limited Company) British English, Pty. (Proprietary) used in Australia and South Africa
company

See also
company
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