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

Other Words from group

Verb

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Landry may not want to hear it but the success of the theater group may hinge on her. Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 At the heart of the group’s programming are the free and low-cost classes held every Saturday at a local community center. Kathleen Toner, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 Windy, age 16, was the last surviving member of a group of six wolf pups taken in by the Anchorage facility 16 years ago. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2022 Other members of the group took off running and, as of this week, had not been located. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, Chicago Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 But The Contours were the kind of group who could sing that and get away with it. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 Critics of Jane often name her and Katherine Broughton, wife of Anne’s half-uncle William, as members of the group imprisoned for their public display in Mary’s favor. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2022 Woodfox, the last of the group to be released, spent 43 years in solitary confinement after the 1972 death of prison guard Brent Miller. CBS News, 4 Aug. 2022 An article on Thursday about Ukrainian refugees temporarily housed on a cruise ship leased by the Estonian government misstated the name of a group that issued a report on the refugees. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Few police were present as the crowd swelled to a few hundred and began to group itself into dueling factions. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 Officials sought to group together communities facing similar challenges such as gun violence, poverty and disinvestment. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 For example, the Pac-12 could group into regional pods of the Northwest schools, California schools and Arizona and mountain schools. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 May 2022 FilmRise will group the webseries episodes into traditional half-hour formats and seasons for streaming. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 11 May 2022 One is the extensive polling done by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center as part of its long-running project to sort out how Americans group themselves by ideology, what Pew calls its political typologies. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 First, assess the situation, diagnose the challenges and group them. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 In addition to the rape on the football field, Callahan took the student to group dinners off campus, gave her alcohol and assaulted her in the presence of other Mater Dei coaches, the lawsuit said. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Google's initial solution, known as Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoC, aimed to constantly group people into big baskets designed by algorithms based on websites users visited in the last week. Reuters, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for 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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