con·​gest·​ed kən-ˈje-stəd How to pronounce congested (audio)
: extremely or excessively full or crowded
The trains ferried orphaned and abandoned kids from the congested East to new families and new lives in the heartland.
… it must be clear that the continuance is not being granted solely because of the court's congested calendar.The National Law Journal
Under the pressure of the weather conditions, congested traffic and wind shear, the crew never was able to stabilize the airplane on the ILS approach into JFK and had to execute a missed approach.Patrick R. Veillette
medical : containing an excessive accumulation especially of blood or mucus
congested lungs/sinuses

Examples of congested in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a video obtained by TMZ, the actor appears to shove a mini-bike rider on Hollywood Boulevard after numerous bikers zipped through a congested area near his SUV. Wesley Stenzel,, 1 Jan. 2024 This nose decongestant is no match for even the most congested noses and provides relief in seconds for up to 12 hours. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 18 Mar. 2024 The policy was intended to free up apartments in America’s most congested city to become homes for long-term New Yorkers, instead of housing rotating out-of-town guests that bring noise, trash, and worse. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 5 Mar. 2024 Plan your visit in the spring or fall to experience the best weather and a less congested city. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 Third, a two-lane portion of Harbor Boulevard will be impossibly congested even with carpooling and rapid transit. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2024 Both candidates have pledged to clear the court’s congested case backlog and boasted their unforgiving prosecutorial records. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Mar. 2024 The Comets view Saturday’s result as one point dropped but still took eight of nine available points during a congested week featuring three games in six days. Nathan Dunn, Kansas City Star, 4 Mar. 2024 In November Fisher asked the state for $6 million in funding to extend the Cross Prairie Parkway connector, a congested road in the southeastern portion of the county that aims to connect to the Florida Turnpike. Natalia Jaramillo, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of congested was circa 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Congested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


con·​gest·​ed kən-ˈjes-təd How to pronounce congested (audio)
: containing an excessive accumulation especially of blood or mucus
congested mucous membranes
congested lungs
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