con·​gest | \ kən-ˈjest How to pronounce congest (audio) \
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 How to pronounce congest (audio) , -​ˈjesh-​ \ noun
congestive \ kən-​ˈje-​stiv How to pronounce congest (audio) \ adjective

Examples of congest in a Sentence

the usual weekend traffic congested the region's highways
Recent Examples on the Web Thousands of vehicles congest its six lanes every day in the south suburbs, where it’s primarily known as 95th Street. Paul Eisenberg,, "Landmarks: It may play second fiddle locally to other roads, but highway named for Grant is getting a national boost," 23 Aug. 2020 Malaysia, along with neighboring Singapore and Brunei, has banned popular Ramadan bazaars, where food, drinks, and clothing are sold in congested open-air markets or roadside stalls. Niniek Karmini,, "Muslims begin marking a subdued Ramadan under virus closures," 24 Apr. 2020 While crashes have greatly decreased, the survey found drivers on certain California highways were able to travel at higher speeds during times that would have been otherwise congested before the order. Fox News, "California car crashes decreased by over 50 percent, saving taxpayers $1B: report," 20 Apr. 2020 If your skin is congested, perhaps try exfoliating acids such as glycolic and lactic acid instead. Rhea Cartwright,, "Is Skin Care Still Necessary If You’re Almost Always Indoors?," 7 Apr. 2020 This competition doesn't exist only in one Wi-Fi network, either—having a different SSID (Wi-Fi network name) and password than your neighbor doesn't keep your devices from congesting with one another. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Wi-Fi 6E becomes official—the FCC will vote on rules this month," 2 Apr. 2020 Souad watches the two-lane road outside her tent congested with desperate people fleeing, crammed into cars, trucks and vans. Gul Tuysuz, Arwa Damon And Brice Laine, CNN, "Syrian refugees in desperate race to outrun regime offensive," 17 Feb. 2020 Always a willing worker, when playing out wide Perez has a tendency to drift inside which can often leave the central half spaces congested., "A Way Too Early Assessment of Leicester City's Summer Signings," 10 Oct. 2019 Transit fared decently in the morning as fans streamed into the city – the situation at city stations seemed congested as of the end of the celebration on the Parkway. Anna Orso,, "Eagles parade: Recapping Philadelphia's Super Bowl celebration," 8 Feb. 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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The first known use of congest was in 1599

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“Congest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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con·​gest | \ kən-ˈjest How to pronounce congest (audio) \
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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