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

Therefore, your group will be spending $150,000 on lodging. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Bed tax in Cleveland would be among nation’s highest if county increase is approved," 1 July 2019 His group believes Mughal rulers tried to humiliate Hindus by taking over such a sacred spot. New York Times, "Under Modi, Hindus Find Hope for a Temple on Disputed Speck of Land," 1 July 2019 Finn Wolfhard As Mike Wheeler Mike, the dungeonmaster of his D&D group, spent much of season 2 pining for Eleven. Abbey Maxbauer, refinery29.com, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Cast Brings A Few New Characters To Hawkins," 30 June 2019 Crowley said her group is planning a longer, three-month cleanup expedition in the future and hopes other organizations can follow suit. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Environmentalists removed more than 40 tons of trash from the Pacific -- and it barely made a dent," 30 June 2019 Second half rallies have become the norm for a Haitian team that made history by winning its Gold Cup group for the first time in the nation's history. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Haiti rallies past Canada in Gold Cup," 29 June 2019 His group waged a legal battle with the District over its licensing requirements. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Court rules student loan companies are subject to state consumer laws, contrary to Trump administration’s stance," 29 June 2019 Elizabeth Good, a manager at Wayfair and organizer of the walkout, said her group was inspired by efforts at other tech firms. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Wayfair walkout is part of a new era of employee activism," 29 June 2019 France finished atop its group this year and then overcame a determined challenge from Brazil in extra time on Sunday night to reach the quarterfinals. Anne M. Peterson, SFChronicle.com, "Rapinoe ignores controversy, leads US past France and into World Cup semis," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden, who they’ve been grouped with six times in World Cup play. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Mallory Pugh, Lindsay Horan score in U.S. women’s national team’s rout of Thailand in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden, who they've been grouped with six times in World Cup play. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Alex Morgan ties World Cup mark with 5 goals as the U.S. blows out Thailand for record-setting 13-0 win," 11 June 2019 In the final group match before the knockout round, the Americans will travel to Le Havre to face nemesis Sweden, who they've been grouped with six times in World Cup play. Anne M. Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, "US women open World Cup defense with record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand," 11 June 2019 Unlike plans put forward by Cruz and Perry, who hoped to scale back the size of the federal government, Warren’s plan is focused more on increasing worker protections by grouping programs that help them under a single agency. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Elizabeth Warren Just Joined a Longtime Republican Cause," 4 June 2019 Though often grouped together with Alibaba and Tencent as the BAT companies, Baidu is these days much smaller than the other two, thanks to skepticism about its core business’s growth prospects. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Bing, Baidu and a Big Mess for Chinese Search Engines," 24 Jan. 2019 At the end of this sorting, the algorithm will ideally have grouped species by whether they’re disease carriers or not. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 That group will go off the 10th tee at 8:02 a.m. Defending champion Brooks Koepka, who won last year at Erin Hills, is grouped with Bubba Watson and Jason Day. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods Highlight U.S. Open Groupings," 7 June 2018 The field will also include 45 celebrity participants and 10 amateurs grouped with the professionals. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "LGPA to open 2019 season at Orlando's Diamond Resorts Tournament," 15 Mar. 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 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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