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crime syndicate

Definition:

a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

Class:

group noun (groupings of people and objects)

Plural:

crime syndicates

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

Mafia

Synonyms:

family | mob | syndicate

Etymology:

"council or body of representatives", from French syndicat, from syndic...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

National Crime Syndicate

the name given by the press to a loosely organized, multi-ethnic organized crime syndicate. Its origins are uncertain. According to writers on organized crime, the Syndicate was born from an idea of Johnny "The Fox" Torrio and was founded or... (40 of 564 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/National Crime Syndicate

Collins Dictionary:

mob | MOB | rabble [synonym, sense-specific] | mobber [noun, derived]

a riotous or disorderly crowd of people; rabble | [modifier], | [often derogatory] a group or class of people, animals, or things | [Australian, New ... (22 of 563 words, 11 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/mob

Oxford Dictionary:

mob | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle] | mobs [3rd-person singular present] | the Mob | the mob | mobber [derived]

a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence | [British, informal] : a group of people in the ... (26 of 220 words, 7 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/mob

Merriam-Webster:

mob [entry 1, noun] | masses [synonym, sense-specific] | Mafia [sense-specific, synonym] | crowd [synonym, sense-specific] | rabble [synonym, sense-specific] | gang [synonym, sense-specific] | army [synonym, sense-specific] | bike [Scottish, synonym, sense-specific] | cram [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a large or disorderly crowd ; especially, one bent on riotous or destructive action | the lower classes of a community; "masses", "rabble" | ... (22 of 197 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mob

mob [entry 2, verb] | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle] | flock [synonym, sense-specific] | crowd [synonym, sense-specific] | swarm [synonym, sense-specific] | throng [synonym, sense-specific] | beset [similar, sense-specific] | infest [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to crowd about and attack or annoy | to crowd into or around (12 of 83 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/mob show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

mob [countable] | mobs [plural] | the mob | the Mob

a large crowd of people that is dangerous or difficult to control: can be ... | "the mob" or "the Mob": [informal] an organized group of criminals ... (26 of 172 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mob

mob [transitive, verb] | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle] | mobs [3rd-person singular present]

if a large group of people mob someone or something, they surround them in an angry or excited way (19 of 67 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/mob 19

Random House Dictionary:

mob | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle] | the Mob [sense-specific] | Mafia [synonym, definition 1, sense-specific]

a disorderly or riotous crowd of people. | a crowd bent on or engaged in lawless violence. | any group or collection of persons or things. | the ... (25 of 164 words, 13 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mob

Wiktionary:

mob | mobs [plural] | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle] | rabble | rabbles [plural] | riffraff [plural] | varletry [obsolete] | mafia [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

An unruly group of people. | A commonly used collective noun for animals such as horses or cattle. | The Mafia, or a similar group that engages in organized crime (preceded by the). | [video games] A non-player character that exists to be fought or... (42 of 161 words, 10 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mob

American Heritage Dictionary:

mob | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle] | mobs [3rd-person singular present] | Mob [sense-specific] | mobbish [adjective, related] | mobbishly [adverb, related]

A large disorderly crowd or throng. See Synonyms at crowd1. | The mass of common people; the populace. | [informal] ; An organized gang of ... (23 of 135 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mob

Cambridge Dictionary:

mob [entry 1]

[disapproving] a large angry crowd, especially one which could easily become violent | [informal] a group of people who are friends or who are similar ... (24 of 80 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mob 1

mob [entry 2] | -bb- [sense-specific, past tense]

to come together around someone in a crowd to express admiration, interest or anger | When a group of birds or small animals mob a bigger or more ... (27 of 91 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mob 2

New World Dictionary:

mob | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle] | mobbish [adjective, related]

a disorderly and lawless crowd; rabble | any crowd | the masses; common people collectively: a contemptuous term | [informal] ; a gang of criminals ; ... (23 of 64 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/mob

Britannica Encyclopedia:

syndicate [organized crime] | Crime Syndicate [synonym]

in the United States, an association of racketeers in control of organized crime. (13 of 18 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1358284​/syndicate

Columbia Encyclopedia:

classification | category | division | family | genus | kingdom | nomenclature, biological | biological nomenclature | order | ...

in biology, the systematic categorization of organisms into a coherent scheme. The original purpose of biological classification, or systematics, was ... (20 of 285 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0812450​.html

family

a basic unit of social structure, the exact definition of which can vary greatly from time to time and from culture to culture. How a society defines ... (27 of 230 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0818224​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

mob | mobs [plural] | mobbed [past tense] | mobbing [present participle]

a large and unruly crowd of people | a group of people (informal) | ordinary people, especially when thought of collectively as unintelligent or ... (22 of 125 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630666​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

syndicate

First use: 1620s

Origin: "council or body of representatives", from French syndicat, from syndic "representative of a corporation". Meaning "combination of ... (18 of 77 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=syndicate

Oxford Dictionary:

syndicate

First use: early 17th century

Origin: (denoting a committee of syndics): from French syndicat, from medieval Latin syndicatus, from late Latin syndicus "delegate of a ... (22 of 34 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/syndicate

Wiktionary:

syndicate | syndicated [past tense] | syndicating [present participle] | syndicates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French syndicat ("office of syndic, board of syndics, trade union"), from French syndic ("administrator"), from Latin syndicus, from Ancient Greek σύνδικος (syndikos, "caretaker of issue").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/syndicate

American Heritage Dictionary:

syndicate | syndicated [past tense] | syndicating [present participle] | syndicates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French syndicat, from Old French, office of syndic, from Medieval Latin syndicātus, from Late Latin syndicus, syndic; see "syndic".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/syndicate

Collins Dictionary:

syndicate

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Old French syndicat office of a syndic

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/syndicate

New World Dictionary:

syndicate | syndicated [past tense] | syndicating [present participle]

Origin: French syndicat from syndic, "syndic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/syndicate

Merriam-Webster:

syndicate [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1624

Origin: French syndicat, from syndic

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/syndicate

Encarta Dictionary:

syndicate | syndicates [plural] | syndicated [past tense] | syndicating [present participle]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: French from medieval Latin syndicatus from late Latin syndicus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717756​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

syndicate [transitive, verb] | syndicated [past tense] | syndicating [present participle] | syndicates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "syndicate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/syndicate 7

syndicate [countable] | syndicates [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "syndicate"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

syndicate [transitive, verb] | syndicated [past tense] | syndicating [present participle] | syndicates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "syndicate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/syndicate 8

syndicate [countable] | syndicates [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "syndicate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/syndicate

Cambridge Dictionary:

syndicate [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "syndicate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "syndicate"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/syndicate 1

syndicate [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "syndicate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "syndicate"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/syndicate 2

the Free Dictionary:

syndicate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "syndicate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "syndicate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "syndicate" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/syndicate

Google Dictionary:

syndicate | syndicates [plural] | syndicated [past tense] | syndicating [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "syndicate"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=syndicate

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

syndicate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "syndicate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=syndic​05 word=syndicate

syndicate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "syndicate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=syndic​06 word=syndicate

YourDictionary Audio:

syndicate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "syndicate" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/syndicate

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