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congest

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verb con·gest \kən-ˈjest\

Definition of congest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to concentrate in a small or narrow space

  3. 2 :  to cause an excessive accumulation especially of blood or mucus in (as an organ or part)

  4. 3 :  clog <traffic congested the highways>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become congested

congestion

play \-ˈjes-chən, -ˈjesh-\ noun

congestive

play \-ˈjes-tiv\ adjective


Examples of congest in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of congest

Latin congestus, past participle of congerere to bring together, from com- + gerere to bear


First Known Use: 1599


CONGEST Defined for Kids

congest

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verb con·gest \kən-ˈjest\

Definition of congest for Students

congested

congesting

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





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