Vocabulary Building: “SYNERGY” – Meaning and Usage

In today’s video we’ll continue to expand our vocabulary and learn a very important and useful English word – “synergy.”

Let’s break it into parts and learn the word’s origin. It comes from Greek and consists of three parts.

The root of the word – “erg” comes from Greek “ergon” which means “work.”

Prefix “syn-” means “together” in Greek.

And suffix “-y” in English helps form a noun. It does help form adjectives as well, but in this case, it forms a noun.

And thus, the literal meaning is “work done together.”

Synergy is a “combined effect of many entities working together that is greater than the sum of the parts.”

And here is an example of how to use it in a sentence: “The synergy among their team members has resulted in high productivity.”



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