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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The spots are known to congregate animals and have been suspected to increase CWD transmission. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW researchers verify chronic wasting disease prions at mineral lick sites," 2 May 2018 This is how Furbys — the half-bird, half-blob baby robots that were everywhere in the late ’90s — live on Tumblr, where collectors have congregated for years to give new life to their outdated toys. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 Rendezvous sites are where adult wolves congregate with pups. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Judge’s decision allows Washington state to kill member of wolf pack," 31 Aug. 2018 Proceeds from the book will help support Hubb Community Kitchen, a place where women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire come to congregate and cook for their families. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Friends Are Sending Sweet Messages of Support for Her First Solo Project," 17 Sep. 2018 Jury pools now begin congregating in the basement of the county administration building at 1001 Preston. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County to add more interim courthouse space," 13 Feb. 2018 There’s tour buses, music blasting over loudspeakers, hundreds of people congregated in brightly colored shirts. As Told To Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina," 21 Nov. 2018 Scoop, press, and turn, quickly forming mixture into one cohesive mass. Incorporate any dry, floury bits that have congregated at bottom of bowl until dough is formed and no flaky bits remain. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 Around the time authorities ordered Guo's church to stop congregating in March, his district announced a crackdown on private Christian meeting spots. Yanan Wang, Fox News, "Christian heartland opens window into fight for China's soul," 7 Aug. 2018

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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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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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