(noun) A large group of businesses from unrelated and diverse industries, owned by a single corporation, that provide a variety of goods and services.


  1. Anheuser-Busch InBev
  2. Berkshire Hathaway
  3. Colgate-Palmolive
  4. Dow Chemical Company
  5. Eaton Corporation
  6. Ford Motor Company
  7. General Electric
  8. The Hershey Company
  9. Johnson & Johnson
  10. Kraft Heinz
  11. Lockheed Martin
  12. Mars, Incorporated
  13. Newell Brands
  14. Odebrecht
  15. Procter & Gamble
  16. Quala
  17. Reynolds American
  18. S. C. Johnson & Son
  19. Time Warner
  20. United Breweries Group
  21. Viacom
  22. The Walt Disney Company
  23. Xylem Inc.
  24. YPF
  25. 21st Century Fox

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: conglomerates
  • Conglomerates are sociologically interesting because they are complex, often multinational, and large entities that can manipulate the balance of wealth and power in the global economy.
  • The act or process of creating a conglomerate is called conglomeration.
  • Also called corporate conglomerate.

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