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 congestion (audio) , -​ˈjesh-​ \ noun
congestive \ kən-​ˈje-​stiv How to pronounce congestive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of congest in a Sentence

the usual weekend traffic congested the region's highways
Recent Examples on the Web Campus will be congested with the live broadcasts of ESPN’s College GameDay (on the quad) and SEC Nation (in front of Moore Hall). Michael Casagrande |, al, "Bryant-Denny Stadium to open early ahead of expected Trump visit," 5 Nov. 2019 Here are just a few: The intersection is already incredibly congested and arguably dangerous to walk through, car accidents are a regular occurrence here. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Quit kicking the can down the crumbling road," 17 Aug. 2019 Parts of that road, the report noted, are congested for 12 hours a day. Yvonne Abraham,, "Charlie Baker’s traffic report offers hope to North Shore commuters," 10 Aug. 2019 The near-miss has sparked concerns about the lack of regulations in space, and specifically, the lack of direction in Earth’s congested lower orbit. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Two ESA and SpaceX Satellites Almost Collided, Because There Are No Laws in Space," 3 Sep. 2019 The house is perched on Highland Avenue, a street often congested with traffic even on a good day. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Now Buy Meghan Markle’s Former L.A. Home—for $1.8 Million!," 5 Aug. 2019 Rush hour can now be defined as the yawning 12-hour span between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., when anywhere from 17 percent to 66 percent of all roadways inside Route 128 are congested or highly congested on an average day. Real Estate, "Will transportation woes drive down home prices?," 4 Sep. 2019 Rapid growth has pushed the Jakarta metropolitan region’s population to some 30 million, creating a conurbation that is highly congested and polluted. Washington Post, "Welcome to the jungle: Indonesia picks site for new capital city," 26 Aug. 2019 Some travelers had wait times of more than an hour on Monday morning as the ticketing level became congested with confused passengers. Staff And Wire Reports, Twin Cities, "MSP airport apologizes for passenger delays after Monday security checkpoint changes," 19 Aug. 2019

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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 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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