verb con·gest \kən-ˈjest\

Definition of CONGEST

transitive verb
:  to concentrate in a small or narrow space
:  to cause an excessive accumulation especially of blood or mucus in (as an organ or part)
:  clog <traffic congested the highways>
intransitive verb
:  to become congested
con·ges·tion \-ˈjes-chən, -ˈjesh-\ noun
con·ges·tive \-ˈjes-tiv\ adjective

Examples of CONGEST

  1. <the usual weekend traffic congested the region's highways>

Origin of CONGEST

Latin congestus, past participle of congerere to bring together, from com- + gerere to bear
First Known Use: 1599
CONGESTION Defined for Kids


verb con·gest \kən-ˈjest\

Definition of CONGEST for Kids

:  to make too crowded or full :  clog <More and more cars are congesting our highways.>


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