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congregate

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verb con·gre·gate \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of congregate

congregated

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congregating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to collect into a group or crowd :  assemble The king congregated his knights.

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to come together into a group, crowd, or assembly Students congregated in the auditorium.

congregator

play \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of congregate in a sentence

  1. It's a place where the homeless congregate.

  2. Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.

Origin and Etymology of congregate

Middle English, from Latin congregatus, past participle of congregare, from com- + greg-, grex flock


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of congregate

gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state. a crowd quickly gathered collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement. collected books on gardening assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose. experts assembled for a conference congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle. congregating under a shelter

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adjective con·gre·gate \ˈkäŋ-gri-gət\

Definition of congregate

  1. :  providing or being group services or facilities designed especially for elderly persons requiring supportive services congregate housing

Origin and Etymology of congregate

see 1congregate


First Known Use: 1900


CONGREGATE Defined for English Language Learners

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verb con·gre·gate \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of congregate for English Language Learners

  • : to come together in a group or crowd


CONGREGATE Defined for Kids

congregate

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verb con·gre·gate \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt\

Definition of congregate for Students

congregated

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congregating

  1. :  to collect or gather into a crowd or group :  assemble Workers congregate around the coffee maker.

Word Root of congregate

The Latin word grex, meaning “flock,”and its form gregis give us the root greg. Words from the Latin grex have something to do with flocks or groups. Anyone gregarious, or social, enjoys being part of the flock. To congregate is to gather as a flock or crowd. To segregate is to separate away from others or away from the flock.



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