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.

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By contrast, Republican voters were more heavily congregated on the right side of the spectrum; 67% identified themselves as conservatives, and just 27% as moderate. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Democrats Built a Big Tent; Can They Keep It?," 12 Nov. 2018 Too numerous to count, they were congregated in and around a narrow, latte-brown channel in the Salamat. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "In Chad, the Elephants (So Many Elephants) Are Back," 14 May 2018 There’s also the always popular bald eagles, which often congregate near Sauk City on the Wisconsin River or over on the Mississippi River below dams. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter birding in Wisconsin delivers sightings of snowy owls, eagles and more," 16 Feb. 2018 The Office staff congregated in annoyance, triggered by Michael Scott’s unorthodox corporate culture. Shana Gohd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your Biggest Dislikes Could Be the Secret to Finding Love," 12 June 2017 The Pink Floyd tribute band that performs, and the organic food stands that congregate on the quad around the dancing, tie-dye clad free thinkers! Brinton Parker, Seventeen, "Bohemian Culture at UC Davis," 15 May 2012 Everyone congregates around the stone fireplace in the great room. David A. Keeps, ELLE Decor, "Charmed Circle: Reese Witherspoon's Ojai Home," 30 July 2012 As the name suggests, the group congregates at different drinking establishments, once every two weeks, to discuss philosophy. Christy Karras, The Seattle Times, "Pick a table, pick a topic, pick a cocktail — it’s time to pick people’s minds, civilly, at Drunken Philosophy," 29 Mar. 2019 It’s more of a million different breakout areas, places for people to congregate. Lauren Mccutcheon, Philly.com, "CardConnect's CEO Jeffrey Shanahan talks about creating an office space that 'feels like Silicon Valley in the Delaware Valley'," 14 Mar. 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 and Adjective

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

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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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