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 Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said Tuesday that her group was among those invited to the event featuring EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. NBC News, "Trump administration set to end California's ability to regulate auto emissions," 17 Sep. 2019 Singer Ally Brooke also referenced her own girl group in her first dance. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "'Dancing with the Stars' returns with splash, sparkle and Spicer," 17 Sep. 2019 If Westbrook is the stallion of our group, Paul is the surgeon. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Second Team," 17 Sep. 2019 The same opposition group then tried to find out if any EPA employees donated to [Bernie] Sanders or [Elizabeth] Warren. Oliver Milman, Scientific American, "The Silenced: Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by the Trump Administration," 17 Sep. 2019 His group spent $25 million on an unsuccessful rent control ballot measure in 2018 and has already drafted a do-over effort for 2020. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: California’s Legislature tackled big issues in 2019. Bigger fights might be coming," 16 Sep. 2019 Follow On Parenting on Facebook for more essays, news and updates, and join our discussion group here to talk about parenting and work. Tracee M. Herbaugh, Washington Post, "Learning to appreciate the grandmother who raised me, almost too late," 16 Sep. 2019 The park guides for our group were enthusiastically on board with this emphasis on accuracy and were eager to help us engage with Anangu stories and philosophy. National Geographic, "Why Australia is banning climbers from this iconic natural landmark," 15 Sep. 2019 So really the only answer is to keep a polite distance from the husband to the extent possible in your friend group, and remain cordial and in unspoken solidarity with the wife. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Married friend keeps hitting on me. Do I need to tell his wife?," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The tipping points are grouped into three main categories. Wired, "Our Planet May Be Barreling Toward a Tipping Point," 27 Nov. 2019 In most years, my household would be grouped among the Advent snobs. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Let Christmas Come Early," 22 Nov. 2019 If released into the wild, goldfish can group up into what’s called a school. National Geographic, "Goldfish aren't the ho-hum fish you thought they were," 20 Oct. 2019 And, sure, this guide is grouped by flower, but that’s just to simplify things. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Floral Perfumes to Spritz This Fall," 7 Oct. 2019 These picks are grouped together because there’s a lot of complexity to agreements made with trade partners. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "A breakdown of Miami Dolphins’ 12 picks in 2020 NFL draft," 22 Sep. 2019 The items have been grouped into categories representing Bourdain’s appetites for art, cooking, film, literature, travel and world culture. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Anthony Bourdain’s estate getting auctioned; preview in New Braunfels," 16 Sep. 2019 Because slow oscillations and delta waves commonly show up together during sleep and can be hard to distinguish from each other, they are often grouped together as slow waves. Quanta Magazine, "Dueling Brain Waves Anchor or Erase Learning During Sleep," 24 Oct. 2019 Woods generated enough club-head speed to outdrive the 26-year-old J.T. Poston, one of the players with whom he was grouped, by 53 yards on the par-4 17th. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "In His Twilight, Tiger Woods Searches for the Bright Spots," 8 Aug. 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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The first known use of group was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Group.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/group. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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More Definitions for group

group

noun
How to pronounce group (audio)

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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