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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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 At one point, traffic was congested as far east as Exit 44 in West Hartford. Bill Leukhardt,, "Car Fire Clogs Traffic On I-84 Near Downtown Hartford Tuesday Morning," 3 July 2018 Hours before the viewing, the line was congested with an overabundance of grieving fans that stretched from will call all the way out to the arena’s street entrance, standing peacefully. Tony Centeno, Billboard, "Lil Uzi Vert, PnB Rock, Family Gather to Mourn the Death Of XXXTentacion," 28 June 2018 Long lines congest the concourse and are, at best, an inconvenience. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "8 Reasons To Buy The Atrium, Other Space Outside Hartford's XL Center Arena Now Rather Than Later," 25 June 2018 Defenses don't account for him at the arc which congests the floor and takes away driving lanes, causing offensive logjams for long stretches. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Pacers moving on from Lance Stephenson signals effort to make significant upgrade," 25 June 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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