congregate

verb
con·gre·gate | \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt \
congregated; congregating

Definition of congregate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to collect into a group or crowd : assemble The king congregated his knights.

intransitive verb

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

congregate

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

Definition of congregate (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

congregator \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgā-tər \ noun

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Verb

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

Examples of congregate in a Sentence

Verb

It's a place where the homeless congregate. Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.

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Together, 80 performers congregate onstage to tell a story about being human. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 Visiting tourists or researchers often go underwater in protective metal cages to observe the hundreds of great white sharks that congregate in the area. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 Gary Police deputy chief Brian Evans told Common Council members recently that police are trying to figure out ways to discourage homeless people and other vagrants who congregate near businesses along Broadway from harassing would-be customers. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary police eye crackdown on vagrants near Broadway businesses," 2 July 2018 There are many great places to congregate and chill at Summerfest, but blocking the main street is not one of them. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't be 'that person' at Summerfest. You know the one who walks slowly and spills beer," 27 June 2018 As one of the only places transgender people could congregate (as gay bars also refused them service due to rampant transphobia), the Cafeteria was a popular late-night hangout. Kitty Stryker, Teen Vogue, "Why Police Aren't Welcome at Pride," 22 June 2018 Rohrabacher initially made the controversial remarks last week while speaking to a group of National Association of Realtors members who had congregated in his office. Tim Fitzsimons /, NBC News, "Homeowners shouldn't have to sell to gays, California Congressman says," 25 May 2018 Customs and Border Protection has said there was an uptick in Mexican asylum seekers in the week before Central Americans arrived, and Mexicans continued to congregate outside the inspection facility this week to wait their turn. Washington Post, "Tensions simmer in Mexico as asylum seekers wait at border," 2 May 2018 Tea scale insects tend to congregate on the underside of the leaves, but will appear on the upper surface if the infestation is heavy. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "7 home decorating hits and misses: A design pro offers tips," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of congregate

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for congregate

Verb

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

Adjective

see congregate entry 1

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congregate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of congregate

: to come together in a group or crowd

congregate

verb
con·gre·gate | \ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt \
congregated; congregating

Kids Definition of congregate

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

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