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

No other major political group in Jewish life has accomplished that. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 The attack made policymakers around the world fret that an equally homicidal but more effective terrorist group might one day obtain weapons of mass destruction—a fear that contributed to the Iraq war in 2003. The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018 The Hammonds’ case captured national attention after an armed group of antigovernment activists protested their prison sentences by seizing the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days in 2016. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Pardoned by Trump, Oregon ranchers ride home in style on Pence ally's private jet," 12 July 2018 Vantage was acquired by an investor group in 2007, just before the start of the Great Recession. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Vantage Bank, Inter National Bank announce merger," 11 July 2018 Universal Music Group has opened a new office in Côte d’Ivoire's largest city, Abidjan, that will be tasked with boosting the label group across markets in French-speaking Africa. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Universal Music Expands Into French-Speaking Africa," 11 July 2018 Thompsonville Crime Watch ENFIELD — The Town of Enfield is looking to create an organized group of civilians that will be devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within the Thompsonville Neighborhood. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 The Panthers defensive group in the NHL is a crowded one also. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers sign defenseman Julian Melchiori to play on AHL blue line," 13 July 2018 Sloan’s group in Australia published earlier mouse studies showing that chronic stress targets the same immune cells influenced by reward circuit activation in the new paper. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Zinke is pursuing a plan to group the department’s several agencies into new geographic regions to more readily fight wildfires and issue permits. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior lacks permanent leaders for key agencies controlling roughly 500 million acres of public land," 3 July 2018 Phil Mickelson, needing the US Open to complete the career Grand Slam, played in the feature grouping with Spieth and McIlroy. BostonGlobe.com, "Dustin Johnson among four tied for lead at US Open," 14 June 2018 The community tends to group its parts by religion. Robert Reid, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best Portland spots for Russian culture need no propaganda," 9 Mar. 2018 Hammond eliminated all low-track classes and then, to eradicate de facto ability grouping, carefully enrolled English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with special needs across the school’s classrooms. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How one Maryland high school successfully boosted minority student enrollment in advanced classes," 10 July 2018 Schumpeter has grouped the biggest 500 companies by market value into local firms and multinationals (firms which make over 30% of their sales outside their home region). The Economist, "Canaries in the coal mine," 14 June 2018 They are grouped by style (red, white and rosé) and listed in ascending order, according to price. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values," 31 May 2018 Akerstedt and his colleagues grouped the 38,000 Swedes by self-reports of sleep duration. Ben Guarino, BostonGlobe.com, "You can catch up on your sleep debt on weekends, study suggests," 24 May 2018 The presentations on Monday, for example, were grouped by: citizen science; cooperative ecosystem study units; chronic wasting disease; birds; inland lakes; Asian carp; carnivores; tools and technology; walleye; salmonids. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Conference provides snapshot of Midwest fish and wildlife issues," 3 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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