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

Verb It's a place where the homeless congregate. Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was some confusion within the stadium when a small number of visiting supporters - around 200 in total - appeared to have congregated in the north stand, with police moving to segregate the group from the home support., "Tottenham Ban Fans Who Sold Tickets to Red Star Belgrade Supporters for Champions League Clash," 1 Nov. 2019 West completed just 15 of 32 passes and was often indecisive, holding the ball too long and allowing defenders to congregate around him. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA defense makes it a long night for Stanford quarterback Jack West," 17 Oct. 2019 Measuring in at just 2 to 5 millimeters (about one-eighth of an inch), drain flies are pesky insects that tend to congregate around standing water. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Drain Flies for Good," 14 Oct. 2019 Since the family tends to congregate in the kitchen, Kwong integrated it into the main living area. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Tour a Minimalist's Dream Vacation House in Hawaii," 14 Oct. 2019 Mummies are ancient artifacts that speak to the mysteries that congregate at the trembling border between life and death. Washington Post, "Knock yourself out in the Ether Dome," 9 Oct. 2019 More officers swarmed the scene in the minutes after and police had taped off a large swath of the yard and intersection outside as neighbors congregated around the cars. Zach Murdock,, "One dead after officer-involved shooting during domestic violence call in East Hartford," 6 Sep. 2019 Surrounding the pool area is a large outdoor kitchen with seats and tables for congregating. San Diego Union-Tribune, "One of San Diego’s most expensive apartment complexes opens," 13 July 2019 People are also much more likely to congregate indoors during the winter months (hello, more school and fewer vacations)—and that closer contact can help the virus spread, says Dr. Taege. Emily Shiffer,, "When Exactly is Flu Season? Doctors Explain How to Prepare," 13 Sep. 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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Congregate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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