congregate

verb
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.

congregate

adjective
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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Other Words from congregate

Verb

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

Choose the Right Synonym for congregate

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Sunday, demonstrators began congregating at Hong Kong International Airport in a new effort to obstruct access to the critical Asian travel hub. Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong protesters squeeze access to the airport," 1 Sep. 2019 On Sunday, demonstrators began congregating at Hong Kong International Airport in a new effort to obstruct access to the critical Asian travel hub. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Squeeze Access to the Airport," 1 Sep. 2019 Over the summer, families and children didn’t have this place to congregate and have activities to do. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "West Dallas’ beloved Bataan Community Center will undergo repairs and remain open — for now," 16 Aug. 2019 The area became a place for prostitutes to congregate a long time ago, Boisvert said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Ten arrested in Hartford prostitution sting targeting those who pay for sex, police say," 13 June 2019 Just as my own R.E.M. fandom began to wane, Murmurs.com became the central place for R.E.M. fans to congregate. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Turns out asking those receivers to congregate on the field, talk to the quarterback, spread out and sprint down the turf is helpful for an offense. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how Michigan football, MSU will fare on Saturday | Opinion," 6 Sep. 2019 Gunfire erupted shortly after noon in San Julian Park at 5th and San Julian streets, where homeless people often congregate, according to the LAPD . James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "4 wounded in ‘unusual’ downtown L.A. shooting near police station," 22 Aug. 2019 The goal is to create safer zones that cover places where people congregate in neighborhoods. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Cleveland’s high-resolution cameras still going up, but already are credited helping to combat crime," 14 Aug. 2019

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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 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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congregate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of congregate

: to come together in a group or crowd

congregate

verb
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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