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


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


groupable \ ˈgrü-​pə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of group in a Sentence


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.


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

Before Friday, the group had said the first allegation needed to be investigated. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Impeachment Plan for Fairfax Drafted in Virginia," 10 Feb. 2019 People reported that Joanna showed off more sweet snaps of her group on her Instagram stories. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Bundled Up 7-Month-Old Crew in This Top-Rated Baby Snowsuit You Can Buy," 5 Feb. 2019 Lay it all out and begin to group items into specific categories. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Home Edit Founders Share Their Top Organizing Tips for 2019," 29 Jan. 2019 The two were reportedly in the same friend group for years, and on February 23, 2018, the couple had a surprise civil ceremony at City Hall in Manhattan. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski Are Style Twins in Matching Black Turtlenecks at the Same Basketball Game," 25 Jan. 2019 The memorial, the group said, is meant to force the nation to confront and understand its history. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "By passing the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act this week, the Senate acknowledged its role in decades of racial terrorism.," 21 Dec. 2018 Alexandre Haag, the group’s chief technology officer, said AID is to Audi as Cruise is to General Motors, or Argo is to Ford. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Audi pulls the curtain back on its self-driving car program," 18 Dec. 2018 About 65% of households will get tax cuts averaging $2,180, according to the Tax Policy Center, a Washington group run by a former Obama administration official. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Expecting a Big Tax Refund? Don’t Be So Sure," 27 Jan. 2019 Rowing is also a total-body sport that can get your heart rate sky-high while challenging many different muscle groups. Isadora Baum, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Indoor Rowing Class," 27 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Longhi later contended that three paintings by the master, which are grouped in a triptych at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, had also started life in the chapel and been separated from the others when it was rebuilt in the 16th century. John Hooper, WSJ, "At Long Last, Early Renaissance Works Are Reunited," 28 Nov. 2018 He is grouped with Woods and former No. 1 player Justin Thomas, who is also +1400 along with McIlroy and Rose. Oddsshark,, "Dustin Johnson Betting Favorite to Win U.S. Open, Tiger Woods Tied for Sixth-Best Odds," 12 June 2018 Curaçao is grouped with the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao), and is an independent country within the kingdom of the Netherlands. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 Often grouped with tear gas is Agent OC (oleoresin capsicum), or pepper spray, or its synthetic form known as PAVA spray, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is Exactly How Tear Gas Affects Your Body," 26 Nov. 2018 The Woods-Thomas-McIlroy grouping drew such a massive, and at times unruly, throng, Thomas had a fan ousted and later complained about the crowd’s behavior. Orlando Sentinel,, "Tiger Woods set to return to Bay Hill amid remarkable comeback," 10 Mar. 2018 Shroder was also in in the Mason grouping against Summit Country Day. Scott Springer,, "Aiken sends Wyoming home in DII sectional hoops," 24 Feb. 2018 What's the art behind that seeming artlessness in the living-room picture grouping? Dylan Landis, House Beautiful, "Amanda Lindroth on Decorating Her Home in the Bahamas," 9 June 2012 Having a dozen or so — alongside cisgender gay men — means Pose’s first season explores a wider range of experiences, all grouped under the larger theme of finding companionship and a sense of self-worth in a sometimes unforgivingly cruel city. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 20 best TV series of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of group


1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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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



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

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


\ 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


grouped; grouping

Kids Definition of group (Entry 2 of 2)

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