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group

noun, often attributive \ ˈgrüp \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of group

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

Examples of group in a Sentence

  1. It'll be easier if we go there as a group.

  2. She presented the idea to the group.

  3. We like to let these students work in groups whenever possible.

  4. She belongs to an environmental group.

  5. She joined a discussion group.

  6. A select group of scientists has been invited to the conference.

Recent Examples of group from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of group

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

verb

Definition of group

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

groupable

play \ˈgrü-pə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of group in a Sentence

  1. you should first group the invertebrates by genus

  2. group the kids together and we'll see who's missing

Recent Examples of group from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of group

see 1group


GROUP Defined for English Language Learners

group

noun

Definition of group for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of group for English Language Learners

  • : to put (people or things) in a group

  • : to form a group


GROUP Defined for Kids

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group

noun \ ˈgrüp \

Definition of group for Students

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

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group

verb

Definition of group for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

group

noun, often attributive \ ˈgrüp \

medical Definition of group

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