congest

verb
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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Critics said the project would attract more cars to an intersection already congested with vehicle and pedestrian traffic and cyclists. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Beltline scraps sale of land for big project at Piedmont Park," 7 July 2018 Back in 2014, Netflix and transit operators accused ISPs of letting peering points intentionally congest, resulting in mysterious Netflix slowdowns that only resolved once ISPs were paid more money. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018 When using the Recast with a Fire TV, the devices connect over Wi-Fi Direct: Fire TV Recast creates a hidden Soft Access Point (Soft AP) which aims to avoid congesting the network traffic on your home access point. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Amazon Fire TV Recast review: the cord cutter’s DVR," 14 Nov. 2018 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, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump tells Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’," 18 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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congest

verb
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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