• verb to arrange for a large loan to be underwritten by several international banks


  • noun a group of people or companies working together to make money


  • verb to produce an article, a cartoon, etc., which is then published in several newspapers or magazines


  • noun a group of underwriters on the Lloyd’s insurance market, made up of active underwriters who arrange the business and non-working underwriters (called names) who stand surety for any insurance claims which may arise

Media Studies

  • noun a group of newspapers that have the same owner
  • noun a business or agency that sells news stories or photographs to the media
  • verb to sell something such as an article or a comic strip for publication in a number of newspapers or magazines simultaneously
  • verb to sell television or radio programmes directly to independent stations


  • noun in some European countries, the office of a government official, especially a civil magistrate


  • verb to produce something such an article or drawing which is published in several newspapers or magazines at the same time

Origin & History of “syndicate”

A syndicate was originally a ‘body of syndics’ or delegates. Syndic (17th c.) came via Old French syndic ‘delegate’ and late Latin syndicus ‘delegate’ from Greek súndikos ‘assistant in a court of law, public advocate’. this was a compound noun formed from the prefix sun- ‘with’ and díkē ‘judgment’.