group

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgrüp How to pronounce group (audio) \

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 How to pronounce groupable (audio) \ 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

Since the outbreak, the number of participants enrolled in substance abuse recovery groups in Scott County has increased by 500%. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Get a group of two, three, or four friends for added accountability. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This 30-Day Mental Health Challenge Is Like a Makeover for Your Mood," 1 Apr. 2019 The comedy, based on this 2015 New York magazine article, centers on a group of strippers who scam their rich, sleazy male clients out of thousands of dollars. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu Started Filming Their Movie Hustlers, and the Pics Are Already a Hit," 28 Mar. 2019 There's another group of hooligans who step into their bra like a skirt and pull it all the way up to their boobs. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Twitter is in a Bloody Battle Over the Right Way to Put on a Bra," 28 Mar. 2019 The other days were counted as a group before the next named day. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "So, What Exactly Are the Ides of March?," 15 Mar. 2019 But there's also a group of startups that is starting off with more limited taxi, shuttle, or delivery services. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Getty Images This weekend, actress and humanitarian Katie Holmes shared several photos from her recent trip to the Moria Refugee Camp in Greece as part of her work a global ambassador for the nonprofit group Artolution. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Shares Photos of Her and Suri Cruise Volunteering at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece," 23 Mar. 2019 Ahead of the little one's arrival, there will be an intimate baby shower for a select group of Meghan's friends in England, with Ragland also in attendance. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Mom, Doria Ragland, Will Attend Her Baby Shower in the U.K.," 17 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The homes are grouped with the Tribute Portfolio Hotels collection, which Marriott acquired from Starwood in 2016. New York Times, "Blurring Lines, Hotels Get Into the Home-Sharing Business," 2 July 2018 But it is still grouped with teams ranked in the coaches’ top 20. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Orange Coast crew takes on sport's royalty at Henley regatta in England," 28 June 2018 He is grouped along with Noah Dobson, Michigan’s Quinn Hughes and Adam Boqvist as the best defense prospects available behind consensus No. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "2018 NHL draft: Top prospect Evan Bouchard wants to play in NHL in fall," 1 June 2018 But it was grouped with provisions to increase the retirement age for state Supreme Court justices from 70 to 75 and to reinterpret administrative law proceedings. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Voters to get say on slew of amendments," 16 Apr. 2018 Mielle Organics View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mielle Organics LLC (@mielleorganics) on Jan 30, 2019 at 6:30am PST Oftentimes, people make the mistake of grouping natural hair into one category. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The 15 Best Black-Owned Beauty Brands I'll Never Stop Talking About," 11 Feb. 2019 Industrial market logic views these people as atomized, perhaps with demographic characteristics by which they can be grouped and counted, but rarely as immersed in relationships with one another. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Together, the Carb Day, Legends Day and Indy 500 Snake Pit concerts can be grouped as a three-day, unofficial music festival. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "This Carb Day concert lineup ain't sexy, but you'll probably go anyway," 23 May 2018 Mostly, people seemed interested in grouping up to take on new challenges. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76 players are helping newbies by acting like NPCs," 14 Nov. 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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce group (audio) \

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 How to pronounce group (audio) \

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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