con·​gre·​gate | \ ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce congregate (audio) \
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.


con·​gre·​gate | \ ˈkäŋ-gri-gət How to pronounce congregate (audio) \

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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congregator \ ˈkäŋ-​gri-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce congregate (audio) \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But during cooler months, generally November through April, the spring run is closed to human visitors, allowing manatees to congregate in the hundreds. Patrick Connolly,, 19 Nov. 2021 Authorities expected another bad year for manatees, with more deaths to come as Florida enters the winter months when the animals congregate in warm-water areas where food supplies have dwindled. Curt Anderson,, 17 Nov. 2021 The biggest source of municipal bond defaults for at least the last 40years have been bonds issued for retirement and congregate care facilities. Richard Lehmann, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021 With vaccinations available, the outlook is more optimistic this year, but worries persist about infection rates as people congregate inside. Amanda Kaufman,, 10 Nov. 2021 There will always be a subset of people who congregate and gather around a meal occasion. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Officials noticed a sharp rise in manatee deaths from December through May, when the sea cows congregate in warm waters. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 The space now includes a writers’ colony next door as a creative space for new and veteran writers to congregate and collaborate. Joe Otterson, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 Dogs congregate inside and the bartender has the kind of shag that people pin to their hair inspiration Pinterest boards. Katie Friel, Chron, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ideally, though, people who live outside congregate settings would be able to access the same level of service at retail pharmacies. Lev Facher, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 Coronavirus booster shots are now available to Ohioans 65 years old and up, and people age 18 and up who live in congregate settings, have underlying medical conditions or who work in high-risk settings. cleveland, 25 Oct. 2021 Of last week’s cases, three were reported at congregate facilities, including one Sunrise Living resident, one North Pines resident and one Carroll Lutheran Village staff member. Madison Bateman,, 2 Nov. 2021 With those agreements, almost 10,000 state employees who work in congregate facilities are now in line with Pritzker’s vaccination order, the governor’s office said. Dan Petrella,, 25 Oct. 2021 The federal legislation, which is sponsored by Democrats Rep. Ro Khanna of California and Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, would create a bill of rights to protect kids who are in congregate care facilities. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Oct. 2021 Paris Hilton testifies on Capitol Hill to discuss upcoming legislation to establish a bill of rights for children placed in congregate care facilities. Rick Klein, ABC News, 20 Oct. 2021 Those restrictions, while also based on public health, are necessary because of concerns over migrants in congregate settings when undergoing processing, officials said. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 The success of this multimodal Covid-19 control can serve as a guide for other congregate settings. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of congregate


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for congregate

Verb and Adjective

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

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30 Nov 2021

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“Congregate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of congregate

: to come together in a group or crowd


con·​gre·​gate | \ ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce congregate (audio) \
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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