congest

verb con·gest \ kən-ˈjest \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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
intransitive verb
: to become congested

congestion

play \kən-ˈjes-chən, -ˈjesh-\ noun

congestive

play \kən-ˈje-stiv\ adjective

Examples of congest in a Sentence

  1. the usual weekend traffic congested the region's highways

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Origin and Etymology of congest

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

congest Synonyms

Synonyms
block, choke, clot, clog, dam, gum (up), jam, obstruct, occlude, plug (up), stop (up), stuff
Antonyms
clear, free, open (up), unblock, unclog, unplug, unstop
Related Words
bung, cork, spile, stopper, stopple; fill, gridlock, pack; fur, silt; flood, glut, inundate, overwhelm, swamp
Near Antonyms
excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out); empty, lighten

CONGEST Defined for Kids

congest

verb con·gest \ kən-ˈjest \

Definition of congest for Students

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


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