group

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

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 \ 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

In December Natalia Viana, who founded Agência Pública seven years ago with a group of other women, gathered her staff to write the outlet’s first business plan. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 The real test for how strongly one-time Bateson supporters rally around the Morse campaign will come when the candidate holds a meeting with an influential group of Bateson backers later this month. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats push for unity in California House races after bruising primary," 13 July 2018 Of the 103 children in that age group, only 57 were reunited — and several past the deadline. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 Pamela Hokanson Gering said in a post in a popular Facebook group for Havasupai visitors that she is headed to Lake Powell, according to the Republic. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Arizona floods force hundreds of tourists to evacuate, reschedule trip to famous tribal land," 14 July 2018 Nigeria flew through qualifying and were the first team to qualify from the region unbeaten in a group that had strong challenge from Zambia, Algeria and Cameroon. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 Pamela Hokanson Gering said in a post in the Facebook group that she is headed to Lake Powell. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Hikers headed to flood-closed Havasupai Falls scramble to make other plans," 13 July 2018 In 1952, a group representing the most important trade, university and educational publishers in the United States met in New York City to incorporate Franklin Publications. Amanda Laugesen, Smithsonian, "This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the World," 13 July 2018 Maguire established himself as an England starter alongside Kyle Walker and John Stones ahead of the World Cup and played in the two group wins over Tunisia and Panama. SI.com, "Man Utd Tipped to Make 'Huge Offer' for England World Cup Hero Harry Maguire," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Crew can be grouped with the military-style word names that have been gaining in popularity over the past decade for baby boys, including Major and Cannon. Pamela Redmond Satran, PEOPLE.com, "Crew Gaines: The Meaning Behind Chip and Joanna's New Baby Boy's Name," 24 June 2018 Toho High is likely to be grouped in a Class 7A district alongside the likes of neighboring Harmony, Liberty, Lake Nona and St. Cloud. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Osceola County's Tohopekaliga High to play football as independent in 2018," 20 June 2018 Scientists grouped the leks within about 9 miles (15 kilometers) of each other into 458 clusters. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Breeding ground 'hubs' help keep sage grouse healthy. In Idaho, 1 sits near CJ Strike," 6 June 2018 Reed was grouped with Woods in the Bahamas in December during Woods’s first competitive round after his fourth back surgery, and Reed played alongside him again on Saturday during the third round of the Memorial Tournament. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Tiger Woods Soars at the Memorial, Except on the Greens," 2 June 2018 The artwork dates from 2015 to the present and will be grouped by political, social statements or just pieces to make the viewer smile. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carving out social and political commentary in bronze," 27 May 2018 In New Orleans the plants are in 7-gallon (25-liter) plastic pots grouped in 10-to-20-foot-long (3-to-6-meter-long) timber-and-plastic retaining ponds so their roots stay moist. Janet Mcconnaughey, Fox News, "Petal power: Group works to preserve wild Louisiana irises," 10 May 2018 With a concern about ballot length and voter fatigue, the committee has embarked on deciding which of the proposals can be grouped together in a single amendment. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Constitution panel at pivotal point and now decides what voters will see | Miami Herald," 4 Apr. 2018 The flagbearers walk into the stadium en masse with the athletes grouped behind in no particular order, all nationalities mixed together. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Russia did not play by rules, so IOC should not allow its flag at Olympic closing ceremony," 24 Feb. 2018

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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

French groupe, from Italian gruppo, by-form of groppo knot, tangle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kropf craw — more at crop

Verb

see group entry 1

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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 \

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 \

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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