gang

noun
\ ˈgaŋ How to pronounce gang (audio) \

Definition of gang

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : group: such as
a : a group of persons working to unlawful or antisocial ends especially : a band of antisocial adolescents
b : a group of persons working together
2 : a group of persons having informal and usually close social relations watching TV with the gang
3a : a set of articles : outfit a gang of oars
b : a combination of similar implements or devices arranged for convenience to act together a gang of saws

gang

verb (1)
ganged; ganging; gangs

Definition of gang (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to assemble or operate simultaneously as a group
b : to arrange in or produce as a gang
2 : to attack in a gang Hoodlums ganged him and took his money.

intransitive verb

: to move or act as a gang Her opponents ganged together to oppose her nomination. — see also gang up

gang

verb (2)
ganged; ganging; gangs

Definition of gang (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

Scotland
: go

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Examples of gang in a Sentence

Noun

a gang of drug dealers He is in a gang. He was shot by a member of a rival gang. the gang at the office
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This continues to drive Central Americans to our borders to seek refuge from gangs and militias. John Delaney, Fortune, "John Delaney: My Plan for Stabilizing Central America and Ending Our Border Crisis," 24 Aug. 2019 Amid reports that rival gangs in Monterrey stopped fighting only at the sound of cumbia, the writer Carlos Monsiváis dubbed Mr. Piña ‘‘the accordionist of Hamelin,’’ a reference to the Pied Piper whose music lured away rats. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Celso Piña, Mexican cumbia artist and ‘accordion rebel,’ dies at 66," 22 Aug. 2019 They are concentrated in deprived areas, which are also home to gangs, says Simon Harding of the University of West London. The Economist, "A British anti-knife drive comes home to roost," 22 Aug. 2019 In a previous hearing, his attorney, Bradford Cohen, said the rapper faced threats from gangs and other rivals. CBS News, "Kodak Black pleads guilty to federal weapons charges," 22 Aug. 2019 Mexico is a major transit point for cocaine en route to the United States, and trafficking gangs have grown in size and power thanks to the vast profits of the trade. Jack Guy, CNN, "Mexican court says cocaine use is legal -- for two people," 21 Aug. 2019 The Hills: New Beginnings, 2019 Jenner and (most of) the original Hills gang are back and ready to relive their glory days, while tackling their present-day problems. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "A Look Back at Birthday Boy Brody Jenner's Reality Show History," 21 Aug. 2019 Amid these complex developments and realities, gangs emerged. Don Pinnock, Quartz Africa, "Cape Town’s bloody gang violence is deeply rooted in its racist history," 16 Aug. 2019 Petzing, who works at the nonprofit Immigration Counseling Service, said her cases there typically involved a fight and either the presence of a weapon, usually displayed rather than used, or an accusation of gang affiliation. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "‘I didn’t know where to look for him’: ICE ships kids across the country to Pacific Northwest jails," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And yet the oscillators responded differently to identical conditions, some ganging together while the rest went their own way, as if not coupled to anything at all. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 This inexplicably trendy office design has employees ganged together in close quarters, sharing rows of desks and workstations, with no physical boundaries or privacy. Jonas Downey, Quartz at Work, "How my colleagues and I stay sane in our open office," 22 Aug. 2019 And yet the oscillators responded differently to identical conditions, some ganging together while the rest went their own way, as if not coupled to anything at all. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 And yet the oscillators responded differently to identical conditions, some ganging together while the rest went their own way, as if not coupled to anything at all. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 And yet the oscillators responded differently to identical conditions, some ganging together while the rest went their own way, as if not coupled to anything at all. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "The Math of How Crickets, Starlings, and Neurons Sync Up," 7 Apr. 2019 And yet the oscillators responded differently to identical conditions, some ganging together while the rest went their own way, as if not coupled to anything at all. Quanta Magazine, "Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization," 4 Apr. 2019 Such engines can run solo but are typically ganged together in groups of two to four. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018 Gyrostabilization is used in commercial shipping, military vessels and cost-is-no-object megayachts, and the devices are easily ganged together. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of gang

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Verb (1)

1791, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gang

Noun

Middle English, "going, journey, road, path, privy, group of items forming a set," going back to Old English, "going, walking, journey, course, path, privy," going back to Germanic *ganga- (whence Old Saxon gang "walk, course," Old High German "walk, journey, passage," Old Norse gangr "going, course," Gothic gagg "way"), noun derivative from the base of *gangan- "to go" — more at gang entry 3

Note: The meaning "set of articles" apparently first appeared in Middle English, the now predominant meaning "group of persons" in early Modern English (hypothesized instances of this sense in Middle and Old English are dubious). A direct descendant of Old English gang in Modern English would be gong (with the effects of vowel lengthening before the cluster -ŋg- and subsequent rounding of the long vowel in monosyllables), but this survived into Modern English only in the sense "privy"—the now general form gang for other senses was borrowed into standard English from northern dialects and Scots, where rounding never occurred. Use of both the noun and verb gang in its historical senses, denoting motion or passage, is now largely limited to traditional Scots.

Verb (1)

derivative of gang entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English gangen, gongen & early Scots gang, going back to Old English gangan, gongan, going back to Germanic *gangan- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German gangan"to go," Old Norse ganga, Gothic gaggan), probably going back to Indo-European *ǵhenǵh-i̯̯e-, whence also Lithuanian žeñgti "to stride"

Note: Old English gangan, a Class VII strong verb, was used more or less as a synonym of gān, the ancestor of Modern English go entry 1 (itself descended from Germanic *gēn-), though forms other than the present tense and infinitive rarely occur. In other Germanic languages cognates of gangan served and still serve as suppletive forms of the parallel cognates of gān. Compare note at gang entry 1.

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gang

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gang

: a group of criminals
: a group of young people who do illegal things together and who often fight against other gangs
informal : a group of people who are friends and who do things together

gang

noun
\ ˈgaŋ How to pronounce gang (audio) \

Kids Definition of gang

1 : a group of people working or going about together
2 : a group of people acting together to do something illegal a gang of thieves
3 : a group of friends I invited the gang over.

gang

noun

Legal Definition of gang

: a group of persons associating for antisocial and often criminal purposes and activities

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