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synergy

Definition:

the working together of 2 things (muscles or drugs for example) to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects

Class:

process noun (natural processes)

Related to:

synergetic

Plural:

synergies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

potentiation

Synonyms:

synergism

Etymology:

"cooperation", from Modern Latin synergia, from Greek synergia "joint work,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Synergy

the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects. The term synergy comes from the Greek word synergia συνέργια from synergos, συνεργός, meaning... (37 of 4081 words)

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Synergy (disambiguation)

the combination of two or more things that creates an effect which is greater than the sum of both separately. Synergy may also refer to: Corporate synergy, the benefits created by the combination of two companies through a merger or acquisition |... (41 of 362 words, 29 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural] | synergism [synonym, sense-specific]

the potential ability of individual organizations or groups to be more successful or productive as a result of a merger | another name for "synergism" ... (24 of 379 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Wiktionary:

synergy | synergies [plural] | anergy [economics, antonym, sense-specific]

Behavior of a system that cannot be predicted by the behavior of its parts. | [medicine] Combined action; the combined healthy action of every organ of a particular system; as, the digestive synergy. | [pharmacology] An interaction between drugs where... (38 of 80 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/synergy

Oxford Dictionary:

synergy | synergism | synergetic [derived] | synergic [derived]

the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their ... (24 of 74 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/synergy

Merriam-Webster:

synergy | synergies [plural] | synergism [synonym, sense-specific] | broadly [synonym, sense-specific]

"synergism"; broadly; combined action or operation | a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or ... (17 of 72 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects. | Cooperative ... (24 of 61 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

synergy [countable/uncountable] | synergies [plural]

the extra energy or effectiveness that people or businesses create when they combine their efforts (15 of 50 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

synergy [specialized] | synergism

the combined power of a group of things when they are working together which is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately (25 of 46 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/synergy

Random House Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

combined action or functioning; synergism. | the cooperative action of two or more muscles, nerves, or the like. | the cooperative action of two or ... (23 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/synergy

New World Dictionary:

synergy | synergic [adjective, related]

combined or cooperative action or force | "synergism" (7 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/synergy

Britannica Encyclopedia:

activity [radioactivity]

in radioactive-decay processes, the number of disintegrations per second, or the number of unstable atomic nuclei that decay per second in a given ... (23 of 135 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/4626​/activity

Columbia Encyclopedia:

procedure | action | pleadings | process | suit | summons | trial

in law, the rules that govern the obtaining of legal redress. This article deals only with civil procedure in Anglo-American law (for criminal ... (23 of 58 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0840198​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

the working together of two or more people, organizations, or things, ... | the phenomenon in which the combined action of two things such as drugs or ... (26 of 116 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717766​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

synergy

First use: 1650s

Origin: "cooperation", from Modern Latin synergia, from Greek synergia "joint work, assistance, help", from synergos "working together", ... (17 of 43 etymology words)

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

synergism

First use: 1650s

Origin: "theological doctrine that human will cooperates with divine grace in regeneration", from Modern Latin synergismus, from Greek synergos ... (19 of 29 etymology words)

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

Wiktionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek συνεργία (sunergia, "joint work, assistance, help"), from συνεργός (sunergos, "working together"), from σύν (sun, "together") + ἔργον (ergon, "work").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/synergy

New World Dictionary:

synergy

Origin: Modern Latin synergia from Greek, joint work from synergein, to work together from syn-, together + ergon, "work"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/synergy

synergism

Origin: Modern Latin synergismus from Greek synergos, working together: see "synergy"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/synergism

Oxford Dictionary:

synergy | synergism

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: Greek sunergos "working together", from sun- "together" + ergon "work"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/synergy

Collins Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

First use: 19th century

Origin: from New Latin synergia, from Greek sunergos; see synergism

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

synergism

First use: 18th century

Origin: from New Latin synergismus, from Greek sunergos, from syn- + ergon work

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

Origin: From Greek sunergiā, cooperation, from sunergos, working together; see "synergism".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/synergy

synergism

Origin: New Latin synergismus, from Greek sunergos, working together: sun-, syn- + ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/synergism

Merriam-Webster:

synergy | synergies [plural]

First use: 1660

Origin: New Latin synergia, from Greek synergos working together

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

synergism

First use: 1910

Origin: New Latin synergismus, from Greek synergos

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

Encarta Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin from Greek sunergia from sunergein "work together" from ergos "work"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717766​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "synergy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "synergy"

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synergism

Audio: British English pronunciation of "synergism"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

synergy [countable/uncountable] | synergies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "synergy"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

synergy [countable/uncountable] | synergies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "synergy"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

synergy [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "synergy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "synergy"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/synergy

the Free Dictionary:

synergy

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synergism

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "synergism"

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Google Dictionary:

synergy | synergies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "synergy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

synergy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "synergy"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=synerg​09 word=synergy

synergism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "synergism"

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YourDictionary Audio:

synergy

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

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synergism

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

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