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 congregator (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


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

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Research has shown that goats, highly social animals that congregate in herds, are sensitive to human facial expressions, and that their vocalizations encode information about their emotional states. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Goats May Be Able to Tell When Their Buddies Are Feeling Good or Baaad," 10 July 2019 The entire front office congregated in the concourse, a bizarre holding pattern before the NBA eventually cancelled their game. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Clippers’ seismic Kawhi Leonard move shakes NBA, but Nuggets believe in their foundation," 6 July 2019 In 2015 the whole family congregated for a funeral. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 Most of the celebrities congregated in a chalet built by the Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico Race Course. John-john Williams Iv,, "Ne-Yo, Chanel Iman among celebrities spotted at Preakness 2018," 19 May 2018 On Friday, people are congregating here from around the globe to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jazzercise at the San Diego Convention Center. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The beat goes on — Jazzercise is still on the move at age 50," 27 June 2019 After three months of nationwide demonstrations, protesters began congregating in central Khartoum on April 6, demanding the removal of longtime strongman Omar Hassan al-Bashir. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Fight to Save Sudan from the Counterrevolution," 20 June 2019 The characters of Pose, the house mothers and queens and LGBTQ voguers who congregated in Season 1 to compete against each other’s exuberant charades, are asserting their presence in a world that’s usually ill-inclined to receive it. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Pose Lets In the Light," 12 June 2019 Police contacted a group of kids who had congregated on the roof of a park restroom facility., "Cops called over neighbor’s immodest towel wrap: Forest Grove Police Log," 10 June 2019

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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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The first known use of congregate was in the 15th century

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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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