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 Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said Tuesday that her group was among those invited to the event featuring EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. NBC News, "Trump administration set to end California's ability to regulate auto emissions," 17 Sep. 2019 Singer Ally Brooke also referenced her own girl group in her first dance. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "'Dancing with the Stars' returns with splash, sparkle and Spicer," 17 Sep. 2019 If Westbrook is the stallion of our group, Paul is the surgeon. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "SI's NBA All-Decade Team: Second Team," 17 Sep. 2019 The same opposition group then tried to find out if any EPA employees donated to [Bernie] Sanders or [Elizabeth] Warren. Oliver Milman, Scientific American, "The Silenced: Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by the Trump Administration," 17 Sep. 2019 His group spent $25 million on an unsuccessful rent control ballot measure in 2018 and has already drafted a do-over effort for 2020. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: California’s Legislature tackled big issues in 2019. Bigger fights might be coming," 16 Sep. 2019 Follow On Parenting on Facebook for more essays, news and updates, and join our discussion group here to talk about parenting and work. Tracee M. Herbaugh, Washington Post, "Learning to appreciate the grandmother who raised me, almost too late," 16 Sep. 2019 The park guides for our group were enthusiastically on board with this emphasis on accuracy and were eager to help us engage with Anangu stories and philosophy. National Geographic, "Why Australia is banning climbers from this iconic natural landmark," 15 Sep. 2019 So really the only answer is to keep a polite distance from the husband to the extent possible in your friend group, and remain cordial and in unspoken solidarity with the wife. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Married friend keeps hitting on me. Do I need to tell his wife?," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Officials grouped the bones into different categories and eventually tried to put the child back together. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Skylar Richardson trial: 'I tried to cremate the baby,' she tells her father in police video," 6 Sep. 2019 True to its name, the Sonos Move can be taken on the go or grouped with other Sonos speakers for surround sound or to play music in multiple rooms. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Sonos finally introduces a portable speaker," 5 Sep. 2019 Van Noy brought up their Team of Teams periods, where Belichick grouped together players from different sides of the ball for bonding activities. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Vic Fangio Is Bringing His Hometown Vibes to Denver," 19 Aug. 2019 Though a skyscraping personnel package of receivers was naturally a possibility, the right foot injury to Brenden Schooler forced Oregon to shuffle wide outs and grouping more and at a faster pace in fall camp. oregonlive.com, "For first time in his career, Juwan Johnson at slot in Oregon skyscrapers receiving package," 15 Aug. 2019 Discussion and predictions were rampant about how Hinch would group the top of his order. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros present lineup at full power," 30 July 2019 No matter the season, dance history springs immediately to mind upon seeing works by Warhol, Johns, Rauschenberg and LeWitt grouped together in a gallery in the pavilions. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "Glenstone’s connections to dance, now and on the horizon," 23 Aug. 2019 However, after Adriana Lima’s final winged walk, all the girls grouped together and celebrated alongside some of the evening’s performers—Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes—for a night to remember. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Show and After-Party," 9 Nov. 2018 Some half-dozen opposition parties and the League for Defense of Human Rights are grouped in this movement that is among those topping the army chief’s list of adversaries. Washington Post, "Algerian army chief wants new election; protesters want more," 14 Sep. 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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of group was in 1668

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group

noun
How to pronounce group (audio)

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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