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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Other Words from congregate

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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Engineers in different programs can congregate over the coffee machine, making technology transfers an organic process. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 But all was well: The group happily congregated minutes later in St. George’s Chapel. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Charlotte Couldn’t Stop Waving at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 After the win, fans went wild all over Paris, and many congregated on the famous Champs-Elysees with plenty of flags and chants. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Fans Go Wild in Paris to Celebrate France Advancing to World Cup Final," 10 July 2018 Fans have congregated on Highland Avenue following recent games. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City police ask soccer fans to celebrate with safety in mind," 26 June 2018 Many survivors have begun to congregate around government buildings in a part of Palu that appeared to be less badly affected. Ben Otto, WSJ, "‘We Just Ran’: Scale of Tsunami Horror Emerges in Indonesia," 1 Oct. 2018 While people began congregating as early as August 22, a week prior to the convention, the height of violence occurred the second-to-last day of convention activities. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How the Democratic National Convention Has Been Protested Against in the Last 50 Years," 28 Aug. 2018 Etosha National Park, Namibia Winter in Namibia is cold at night—you’ll definitely need a sweater for those early morning game drives—but the daytime's drier conditions mean that animals congregate at waterholes and so are much easier to see. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 27 June 2018 Hundreds of students congregated at Huntington State Beach on Thursday morning to pick up trash and promote clean water for the 25th anniversary of Kids Ocean Day. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Students form a human wave at Huntington State Beach to promote clean water," 24 May 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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