verb par·tic·i·pate \pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt, pər-\

: to be involved with others in doing something : to take part in an activity or event with others


Full Definition of PARTICIPATE

transitive verb
:  partake
intransitive verb
:  to possess some of the attributes of a person, thing, or quality
a :  to take part <always participates in class discussions>
b :  to have a part or share in something
par·tic·i·pa·tor \-ˌpā-tər\ noun


  1. Most people joined the game, but a few chose not to participate.
  2. <eager to participate in the city's cultural life>


Latin participatus, past participle of participare, from particip-, particeps participant, from part-, pars part + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 1531


Synonym Discussion of PARTICIPATE

share, participate, partake mean to have, get, or use in common with another or others. share usually implies that one as the original holder grants to another the partial use, enjoyment, or possession of a thing <shared my toys with the others>. participate implies a having or taking part in an undertaking, activity, or discussion <participated in sports>. partake implies accepting or acquiring a share especially of food or drink <partook freely of the refreshments>.


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PARTICIPATOR Defined for Kids


verb par·tic·i·pate \pər-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt, pär-\

Definition of PARTICIPATE for Kids

:  to join with others in doing something


The Latin word pars, meaning part, and its form partis give us the root part. Words from the Latin pars have something to do with a part, section, or portion. To participate is to take part in some activity. Anything partial involves only part of something. A particle is a tiny bit or portion of something. It is easy to see that part itself also comes directly from pars in both form and meaning.


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