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

More than one mother came to the group after her child died by suicide. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 Apparently, among his group of friends, Shawn Mendes is that person — and skin-care lovers are not having it. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes Says He Doesn’t Wash His Face, and Fans Are Freaking Out," 20 Apr. 2019 Apparently, in his group of friends, Shawn Mendes is that person — and skin-care lovers are not having it. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Shawn Mendes Says He Doesn’t Wash His Face, and Fans Are Freaking," 19 Apr. 2019 Hutton, who was only 17, was the first recruit to join the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary group known for its battles with police and for its community programs, including a free breakfast program. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "How April 1968 Changed the United States Forever," 19 Apr. 2019 An extended group of friends had made plans to go to Coachella, which was just a three-hour drive from our school in California. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "It’s Time to Put a Stop to ‘In-Betweenships’," 19 Apr. 2019 The group vacation was to Turks & Caico, and the trio headed there in honor of Stormi's first birthday. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Shared a Seriously Revealing Bikini Photo From a Vacation With Jordyn Woods," 18 Apr. 2019 The practice, begun by the Obama Administration, was a sign of openness and helped arms control groups keep track of the stockpile. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Making the Number of U.S. Nukes a Secret Again," 18 Apr. 2019 Lionel was with The Commodores in the 1960s and 1970s, a group that formed as undergrads at Tuskegee University. Marie Milano, Country Living, "A Detailed Timeline of Lionel Richie's Marriages and Relationships," 3 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The requests totaling nearly $4 million are grouped as a single item on the commission’s consent agenda, which is usually approved unanimously with little to no discussion. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Monster Jam, Bay Hill highlight sport-incentive requests for bed-tax money," 10 July 2018 These styles are grouped in the Americana genre, and Holler on the Hill includes standout Americana acts St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Amanda Shires, Blitzen Trapper, John Paul White and Hayes Carll. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "New music festival Holler on the Hill will bring indie, Americana acts to Garfield Park," 20 June 2018 Idiosyncratic intros to Fierro’s favorite albums are grouped in the section Gladys’ Gems. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Latin Legacy: Digital Digging in the Gladys Palmera Collection," 22 May 2018 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

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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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