verb con·gre·gate \ ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of congregate

congregated; congregating
: to collect into a group or crowd : assemble
  • The king congregated his knights.
: to come together into a group, crowd, or assembly
  • Students congregated in the auditorium.


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.

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Origin and Etymology of congregate

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

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



adjective con·gre·gate \ ˈkäŋ-gri-gət \

Definition of congregate

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

Origin and Etymology of congregate

CONGREGATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of congregate for English Language Learners

  • : to come together in a group or crowd

CONGREGATE Defined for Kids


verb con·gre·gate \ ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt \

Definition of congregate for Students

congregated; congregating
: 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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