con·​gest | \kən-ˈjest \
congested; congesting; congests

Definition of congest 

transitive verb

1 : to concentrate in a small or narrow space

2 : to cause an excessive accumulation especially of blood or mucus in (such as an organ or part)

3 : clog traffic congested the highways

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Other Words from congest

congestion \ kən-​ˈjes-​chən , -​ˈjesh-​ \ noun
congestive \ kən-​ˈje-​stiv \ adjective

Examples of congest in a Sentence

the usual weekend traffic congested the region's highways

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Google Maps already offers information about how congested the roads are on typical days, and now the team has produced a report specifically for Thanksgiving that shows the busiest periods before and after the holiday. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google’s Thanksgiving report can help you avoid traffic and crowds," 15 Nov. 2018 The residents of Blaine will have to endure the polite hordes of Canadians who sojourn here regularly, congesting local roads, patronizing the booming parcel economy, and emptying grocery-store shelves of their favorite products. Alexandra Samuel, The Verge, "Welcome to Blaine, the town Amazon Prime built," 20 June 2018 Traffic on Highway 50 is congested Tuesday morning after authorities found a dead man in his car on the freeway’s shoulder. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Traffic backs up on Highway 50 after body found in car’s back seat | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018 Once completed in 2026, the E4 bypass will absorb a large amount of traffic currently congesting the inner city. William Steel, Ars Technica, "An inside look at how Sweden is building the world’s second-longest tunnel," 10 Mar. 2018 The council’s executive secretary, Scott Pace, told reporters before the meeting that space is becoming increasingly congested and current guidelines are inadequate to address the challenge. Marcia Dunn,, "President Trump tells Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’," 18 June 2018 Roads are often congested, though housing advocates say that’s partly because so many people from elsewhere drive into Waltham for work. Tim Logan,, "Live where you work? In Waltham, that’s not so easy," 8 July 2018 Comcast has ended its practice of throttling heavy internet users that are congesting the network, the cable company said in a Monday announcement. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Comcast says it won’t throttle heavy internet users — for now," 13 June 2018 For both plans, heavy data users will be subject to slowdowns when the network is congested. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "But now there’s a bundle with Tidal?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of congest

1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for congest

Latin congestus, past participle of congerere to bring together, from com- + gerere to bear

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con·​gest | \kən-ˈjest \
congested; congesting

Kids Definition of congest

: to make too crowded or full : clog More and more cars are congesting our highways.

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