verb con·gre·gate \-ˌgāt\

: to come together in a group or crowd


Full Definition of CONGREGATE

transitive verb
:  to collect into a group or crowd :  assemble
intransitive verb
:  to come together into a group, crowd, or assembly
con·gre·ga·tor \-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of CONGREGATE

  1. It's a place where the homeless congregate.
  2. Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.


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>.


adjective con·gre·gate \-gət\

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

CONGREGATORS Defined for Kids


verb con·gre·gate \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of CONGREGATE for Kids

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


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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