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

The group will have a particular focus on individuals who have made their money in entertainment and sports. BostonGlobe.com, "Bank’s top diversity executive launches an expansive to-do list," 13 Aug. 2019 Before the cause was reported, the group speculated it was started by a rogue campfire -- something the Panareses said has happened before in the area. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Two small wildfires in Eagle River area draw response," 13 Aug. 2019 The group has finished a 94-unit project around the Fruitvale BART Station. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland dominates SF in housing production," 12 Aug. 2019 Many noticed that the group only had six members instead of seven, given that Kihyun recently suffered a fractured rib and was forced to miss the show. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, "Teen Choice Awards: 7 things you missed, from the emotional Jonas Brothers speech to Ken Jeong calling out YouTube stars," 12 Aug. 2019 The remaining 11 members of the group are in custody and will be processed accordingly, a CBP official told CNN. Daniel Shepherd, CNN, "One person missing after fire and border officials pull 14 people from Rio Grande," 12 Aug. 2019 The event is being sponsored by a local chapter of Moms Demand Action, one of the groups that sponsored the weekend gun violence forum in Des Moines. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Sunday Trail Markers: Can gun control sustain momentum?," 12 Aug. 2019 The five-person group’s recommendations aim to reduce nutrients in Lake Okeechobee and other downstream estuaries where some of the worth blue-green algae outbreaks occurred in 2018. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Three dogs died from toxic algae after playing in a pond: report," 12 Aug. 2019 As a response to Trump's election in 2016, Tzintzún Ramirez started the advocacy group Jolt with a mission of growing the Latino electorate in Texas. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Activist Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez joins crowded Democratic race for Senate seat held by Republican John Cornyn," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Elite,’’ Van Noy said with a knowing smile when asked about the position grouping. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots’ Ja’Whaun Bentley looks ready to contribute," 11 Aug. 2019 Travis begins the event in Pool 4 at Cypress Woods High School, grouped with Cy-Fair, A&M Consolidated and North Shore. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Closing run propels Tompkins past Travis in volleyball season opener," 7 Aug. 2019 These losses aren’t apparent because powerful emerging platforms like YouTube, Android/Google Play, Cloud, Waymo and Assistant are grouped in the company’s financial statements under the general Google umbrella. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: I’m a Google Shareholder. Here’s Why I Think More Regulation Would Be Good for Google," 26 July 2019 All proceeds from the family friendly Indy Burger Battle will go to Build Tomorrow's Roots to Rise Program, an initiative which involves grouping Ugandan students according to their learning level and teaching basic math and literacy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Try 16 of Indianapolis’ best burgers for one price at the Indy Burger Battle," 22 July 2019 Sweetly scented flowers are tiny and tightly grouped. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019 Any flower variety grouped in single-stem bunches, big or small, will look beautiful! Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Summer Floral Tips from Flowerbx, Tom Ford's Go-To Florist," 15 July 2019 And [in my show] there's a big send up of wedding reality TV and the phenomenon of a bunch of gays guys being grouped to fall over a straight person and make sure their life is perfect. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Why BenDeLaCreme Is Indulging Wedding Fantasies While Questioning the Institution," 2 July 2019 AT&T’s Xandr advertising operation is starting to blend its own data with outside information in areas such as car ownership and purchasing habits, grouping consumers based on their behavior. Sarah Krouse And Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Internet Providers Look to Cash In on Your Web Habits," 27 June 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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