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congregate

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verb con·gre·gate \-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of congregate

  • : to come together in a group or crowd

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of congregate

congregatedcongregating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to collect into a group or crowd :  assemble

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to come together into a group, crowd, or assembly

congregator play \-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of congregate in a sentence

  1. It's a place where the homeless congregate.

  2. Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.



Origin 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

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state <a crowd quickly gathered>. collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement <collected books on gardening>. assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose <experts assembled for a conference>. congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle <congregating under a shelter>.

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congregate

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adjective con·gre·gate \-gət\

Definition of congregate

  1. :  providing or being group services or facilities designed especially for elderly persons requiring supportive services <congregate housing>



1900

First Known Use of congregate

1900


CONGREGATE Defined for Kids

congregate

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verb con·gre·gate \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of congregate for Students

congregatedcongregating

  1. :  to collect or gather into a crowd or group :  assemble <Workers congregate around the coffee maker.>



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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