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 congregate (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

Verb It's a place where the homeless congregate. Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb They're not allowed to eat or congregate with one another and must avoid physical interactions like high-fives and handshakes. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Japan has money, manufacturing might, and the Olympics looming. Why is its vaccine rollout so far behind?," 23 Apr. 2021 Local experts have noted that many of the outbreaks in the state have been concentrated in schools, sports activities, daycare facilities, nursing homes and other places people congregate. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, "The mystery of Michigan's overwhelming Covid surge," 14 Apr. 2021 The councilman’s approach to homelessness also spurred the challenge by Zavala, who argues that those who congregate under bridges and highways are trespassing. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Treviño embraces controversy in District 1 City Council race," 13 Apr. 2021 Another local who lives on Halo Circle, a street near the top of the hill, said that young adults congregate along walls above some residences almost every night, playing loud music, laughing, screaming and smoking. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mount Helix residents say trash, drug use, noise worsening," 11 Apr. 2021 Instead of having 330 players congregate in Indianapolis, the NFL assigned 10 prospects to each team to conduct a physical over Zoom., "Getting hands-on medical examinations is not so easy in this year’s NFL Draft," 10 Apr. 2021 The crowds flocked, despite the royal family urging the public not to gather or congregate at royal residences in line with coronavirus restrictions currently in place in the United Kingdom. NBC News, "Mourners pay respects to Prince Philip as a royal and neighbor," 9 Apr. 2021 Limiting that window will pare the time people can congregate. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland Indians announce Progressive Field changes as fans head back to the ballpark for 2021," 31 Mar. 2021 With nearly 2 million people in the state having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is hope that friends, families and strangers can soon congregate safely. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Here's how to carefully celebrate the spring holidays as more Arizonans get vaccinated," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Carroll County Health Department reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon — two cases at congregate living facilities so small the health department does not identify them out of privacy concerns and 25 among the wider community. Bob Blubaugh,, "Carroll County Public Schools reports highest number of students with COVID-19, modest overall case uptick," 21 Apr. 2021 The decision follows changes to federal law that discourage use of congregate care facilities for foster children, favoring home placement instead. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County seeks to delay San Pasqual Academy closure," 16 Mar. 2021 Clark said the most cost-effective and practical testing focuses on congregate living facilities like residence halls and Greek houses, as TRACE OSU does. K. Rambo | Mid-valley Media, oregonlive, "Some at Oregon State criticizing Reser Stadium renovation project," 12 Mar. 2021 As of Monday, 4.6 million residents and staff members in nursing homes and other congregate facilities had received at least one shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, including more than 2 million who had received a second dose. Judith Graham, CNN, "A year after nursing home visits stopped, residents and families eager for reopening," 4 Mar. 2021 Cuyahoga County was flagged for just two of the indicators being tracked - the two-week case rate and the share of cases outside of congregate living facilities. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Marked improvement in Ohio’s coronavirus alert map; but Cuyahoga, Summit remain among 76 red alert counties," 4 Mar. 2021 Overall, 235 county residents have died from COVID-19 — 63 community members and 172 congregate living facility residents. Bob Blubaugh,, "COVID cases drop among Carroll County Public Schools students, staff members," 14 Apr. 2021 Poetz grew up in St. Bonifacius, Minn., and Watertown, Minn., and at age 21 moved to Minneapolis to live in a congregate care residence. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Clifford Poetz, pioneering advocate for people with disabilities, dies at 71," 7 Apr. 2021 This is why these protease inhibitor drugs are ideally used in congregate living situations such as long-term care facilities, workplaces, schools, prisons, and family homes. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, "Pfizer’s New Oral Protease Inhibitor Could Possibly Treat And Prevent Covid-19," 5 Apr. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Congregate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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