Simple Definition of congregate
: to come together in a group or crowd
Examples of congregate in a sentence
It's a place where the homeless congregate.
Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.
Origin and Etymology of congregate
Middle English, from Latin congregatus, past participle of congregare, from com- + greg-, grex flock
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of congregate
Definition of congregate
: providing or being group services or facilities designed especially for elderly persons requiring supportive services <congregate housing>
First Known Use of congregate
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Word Root of congregate
The Latin word grex, meaning “flock,”and its form gregis give us the root greg. Words from the Latin grex have something to do with flocks or groups. Anyone gregarious, or social, enjoys being part of the flock. To congregate is to gather as a flock or crowd. To segregate is to separate away from others or away from the flock.
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