group

noun, often attributive
\ˈgrüp \

Definition of group 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : two or more figures forming a complete unit in a composition went there as a group

2a : a number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship a study group

b : an assemblage of objects regarded as a unit one of the food groups

c(1) : a military unit consisting of a headquarters and attached battalions

(2) : a unit of the U.S. Air Force higher than a squadron and lower than a wing

3a : an assemblage of related organisms often used to avoid taxonomic connotations when the kind or degree of relationship is not clearly defined

b(1) : two or more atoms joined together or sometimes a single atom forming part of a molecule especially : functional group a methyl group

(2) : an assemblage of elements forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table

c : a bed or layer of rocks deposited during an era

4 : a mathematical set that is closed under a binary associative operation, contains an identity element, and has an inverse for every element

group

verb
grouped; grouping; groups

Definition of group (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to combine in a group grouped English and Dutch as Germanic languages

2 : to assign to a group : classify The children were grouped by age.

intransitive verb

1 : to form a group The students grouped around the table.

2 : to belong to a group

3 : to make groups of closely spaced hits on a target the gun grouped beautifully— R. C. Ruark

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Other Words from group

Verb

groupable \ ˈgrü-​pə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of group in a Sentence

Noun

It'll be easier if we go there as a group. She presented the idea to the group. We like to let these students work in groups whenever possible. She belongs to an environmental group. She joined a discussion group. A select group of scientists has been invited to the conference.

Verb

you should first group the invertebrates by genus group the kids together and we'll see who's missing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The group is in the process of raising funds to build the ballfield. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 This group is one of the youngest in the World Cup, and many were on the team that lost to the 2016 European Championship at home to Portugal. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Atlantic City bookies offer odds and props for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia," 13 July 2018 In that group was the top-scoring San Diegan, Andi Xu (Steele Canyon High), who closed with a 71. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Aussie grinds out Junior World win; Taiwan girl cruises," 13 July 2018 The group is spending $1.4 million in national cable and digital ads in Indiana and three other states. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly," 13 July 2018 But that plan has encountered legal challenge, and the Beckham group was never that keen on it anyway. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 The group has been working on it for nearly two years, and Carr is confident the time will prove well spent. Gary Graff, Billboard, "BAHARI Shares 'Chasers' About 'That Craving to Meet the Right Someone': Premiere," 13 July 2018 Another group is training artificial intelligence to interpret the images faster, better and cheaper than a doctor could. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 Jordan Harrison’s comedy about a group of L.G.B.T.Q. friends, set in the very recent past, reaches the end of its rainbow. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There is also summary information about the journal’s authors—tables group them by country and institution. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Firm that tallies controversial journal impact scores moves to provide more context," 27 June 2018 The consolidation plan calls for the 12 colleges to be grouped into three regions. Fox News, "Extended timeline set for community college consolidation," 21 June 2018 Often grouped together with struggling rural regions, these counties, mostly in the Midwest and Northeast, have seen prosperity slip through their fingers. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018 But Sets went far beyond this, allowing collections of different applications to be grouped together with tabs to switch them. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft pulls Windows Sets “tabbed windows” feature from next release," 27 June 2018 Today he’s grouped with Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1. Bill Pennington And Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "U.S. Open 2018: A First Round Full of Struggles," 15 June 2018 He's grouped with Phillip Barbaree and Cameron Wilson. Enquirer Sports, Cincinnati.com, "Golfers with Greater Cincinnati ties in 118th US Open. How to watch, stream, odds to win.," 14 June 2018 My two best friends and I were grouped with 20 strangers. Marie-noëlle Bauer, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Man Behind the World's Greatest Hotels Spends His Time Off," 8 June 2018 Zinke is pursuing a plan to group the department’s several agencies into new geographic regions to more readily fight wildfires and issue permits. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior lacks permanent leaders for key agencies controlling roughly 500 million acres of public land," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of group

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for group

Noun

French groupe, from Italian gruppo, by-form of groppo knot, tangle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kropf craw — more at crop

Verb

see group entry 1

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group

noun

English Language Learners Definition of group

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a number of people or things that are together or in the same place

: a number of people who are connected by some shared activity, interest, or quality

: a number of things that are related in some way

group

verb

English Language Learners Definition of group (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (people or things) in a group

: to form a group

group

noun
\ˈgrüp \

Kids Definition of group

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a number of persons or things considered as a unit

2 : a number of persons or things that are considered related in some way an age group a food group

3 : a small band a rock group

group

verb
grouped; grouping

Kids Definition of group (Entry 2 of 2)

: to arrange in, put into, or form a unit or group

group

noun, often attributive
\ˈgrüp \

Medical Definition of group 

1 : a number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship

2a : an assemblage of related organisms often used to avoid taxonomic connotations when the kind or degree of relationship is not clearly defined

b(1) : an assemblage of atoms forming part of a molecule especially : functional group

(2) : an assemblage of elements forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table

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