Syndicate vs syndicate

Syndicate and syndicate  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. These word pairs are often misused words. Heteronyms exist because of our ever-changing English language, and these words with the same spelling and different pronunciation and meaning are a challenge for those who wish to learn to speak English. It can be difficult to learn how to spell different words that look the same but are not pronounced the same, and how to use them in sentences, because they are easily confused. The way the pronunciations and definitions differ can be confusing even to native English speakers when attempting to learn vocabulary correctly. Phonological spelling and spelling rules do not always work, and most people avoid misspelling and misuse by studying vocabulary words from spelling lists, enhancing their literacy skills through spelling practice, and learning words in English by studying a dictionary of the English language. English words are also spelled according to their etymologies rather than their sound. For instance, the word tear meaning a liquid drop that falls from an eye is derived from the Old English word tear, meaning a drop or nectar; tear meaning to pull apart comes from the Old English word tearan, which means to lacerate. Heteronyms are confusing words and are commonly misspelled words because of the confusion that arises from words that are pronounced differently but are spelled the same and come from a different etymology. They are often used in puns and riddles. When reading, it is sometimes difficult to know which word is being used in a sentence and how to pronounce the word phonetically. A spell checker will rarely find this type of mistake in English vocabulary, so do not rely on spell check for these commonly confused words but instead, learn to spell. Even a participant in a spelling bee like the National Spelling Bee will ask for an example of a heteronym in a sentence, so that she understands which word she is to spell by using context clues. Do not confuse heteronyms with homophones, which are two or more words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings like sow and sew; do not confuse them with homonyms, which are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings like spring as in spring forth and spring as in the season of the year. Heteronyms are a type of homograph, which is a word that is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning. We will examine the definitions of the words syndicate and syndicate, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences. 

Syndicate (SIN di cut) is a noun that means a group that bands together to pursue a common interest. A syndicate may be made up of individuals or it may consist of organizations or businesses. A press syndicate gathers news and distributes it to various media outlets including periodicals and newspapers. The word syndicate is derived from the Latin word, syndicus, which means one who represents an organization.

Syndicate (SIN di cate) is a verb that means to sell something to many media outlets to be published simultaneously; for instance, comic strips are generally syndicated. Companies may syndicate the work of columnists and reporters to newspapers or syndicate television or radio shows to local or cable media outlets. Syndicate is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object; related words are syndicates, syndicated, syndicating, syndication. The verb syndicate is derived from the French word, syndicat, which means one who represents an organization.


The Human & Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), Corner House and RE: COMMON have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking an independent investigative body to look into allegations of a fraud syndicate within the Federal Ministry of Justice. (The Sun Nigeria)

Your Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel readers need to have such important disturbing news made available to all readers of newspapers controlled by your newspaper syndicate. (Kennebec Journal)

A short time later, The Washington Post agreed to help Lester syndicate the column in newspapers around the country. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Sowore started receiving all kinds of solicitations to syndicate the column and I started receiving all kinds of solicitations from Nigeria and beyond. (Sahara Reporters)

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