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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

Full Definition of congregate

con·gre·gat·edcon·gre·gat·ing

  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

con·gre·ga·tor play \-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of congregate

  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



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