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


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 How to pronounce group (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 But Debbie Berkowitz, worker safety and health program director for the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group, noted the agency has received more than 9,000 complaints. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 sparks more than 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits in 2020 as employees complain about safety, wages," 6 Jan. 2021 Refuse Fascism, an activist group, organized a 2 p.m. protest to coincide with the day Congress was to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. Christine Mui,, "Protesters demonstrate against pro-Trump extremists in Boston," 6 Jan. 2021 Those are some of the prizes dangled by top brass at the Los Angeles Fire Department seeking to entice an unexpected group: firefighters unwilling to get the shots. Ben Welsh Data And Graphics Editor, Los Angeles Times, "Free Airbnb with your COVID-19 vaccine? Firefighters offered prizes along with priority access," 5 Jan. 2021 The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a nonprofit advocacy group, has led opposition to the project, and its members are hoping President-elect Joe Biden’s concerns for his home state of Delaware — downriver from Gibbstown — will tip the balance. Washington Post, "Proposal to build LNG terminal on Delaware River could pose early test for the Biden administration," 5 Jan. 2021 Your newest reality-TV guilty pleasure follows an extremely wealthy group of Asian and Asian American frenemies living in Los Angeles. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "25 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks," 4 Jan. 2021 Then, there was an entirely new group of people that are not as familiar with the books, and have no idea where the story of Lady Whistledown went. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Lady Whistledown in 'Bridgerton'? All the Clues You Missed From the Netflix Drama," 4 Jan. 2021 An already-thin safety group will be leaner this week with Andrew Sendejo out. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "A different sort of Browns-Steelers finale and 3 other things to watch on Sunday," 2 Jan. 2021 The Center of Biological Diversity, an environmental group, wrote to Oregon state agencies on November 6 urging them to take active measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 at Oregon's mink farms. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Mink infected with COVID escapes quarantined Oregon mink farm," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Feelings can be fuzzy, free-floating, and hard to define, but words help group them into something more coherent. Travel, "Is joy the same in every language?," 22 Dec. 2020 If space is needed, the facility may group all patients who tested positive. Vanessa Arredondo,, "65 patients, staff infected at Napa psychiatric hospital," 21 Dec. 2020 Anything that can group inside 3 inches at 100 yards is fine. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "6 Classic Rifles for Tracking Deer," 18 Dec. 2020 The hospital has no choice but to group the sick together. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 For her part, Van Voorhis recommends Everplans, a site meant to help people group all their important information in one place – including usernames and passwords. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "Don't leave grieving relatives searching for your passwords: Here's how to organize your digital life before you die," 25 Nov. 2020 Unlike Facebook’s political ad archive, Google’s doesn’t group identical ads together if, for instance, they were shown over different time periods. Jeremy B. Merrill, ProPublica, "Trump Won Florida After Running a False Ad Tying Biden to Venezuelan Socialists," 15 Nov. 2020 Asymmetry can be easily accomplished with the artful placement of containers; try to group them at angles to one another rather than in tight rows. Sunset Magazine, "Finding the Ki to Your Own Garden," 19 Aug. 2020 On a recent Saturday, Bob and Leteane — friends often group them in a single breath — climbed into their silver Honda for a drive through the Virginia countryside, making stops for ribs and cookie dough ice cream. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Behind a father-and-son protest, a history of laughter and struggle," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of group was in 1668

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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



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

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


\ 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


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 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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