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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, you are never required to be part of that group. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 5 June 2021 Starting June 8, the students welcome participants to join the group every Tuesday at 9 a.m. courant.com, 4 June 2021 Of that group, 23 clients filed their returns before the tax rules changed March 11 and need to receive an adjustment based on the new tax rules relating to a portion of jobless benefits. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2021 Early Friday, officers arrested Chow Hang-Tung, a lawyer and activist who is part of the group that organizes the vigil. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 In a sign of the times, the city woke up to news that police had arrested activist Chow Hang-tung, the vice chairwoman of the group that organizes the annual Tiananmen vigil. Britt Clennett, ABC News, 4 June 2021 Devin McCourty’s presence, that stuff is definitely going to trickle down to the rest of the group. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 4 June 2021 Several other members of the group were recently prosecuted for holding a vigil last year despite a similar ban. John Lyons, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Early Friday, officers arrested Chow Hang-tung, a barrister and activist who is part of the group that organizes the yearly vigil. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s no good reason to group the battle for Hertz with news of Krispy Kreme’s coming IPO, other than giving me a chance to make a pun in the above section title. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 9 May 2021 This discovery might be evidence that the carnivores did indeed group up to hunt their prey, but actually proving that this was the case will be incredibly difficult. Mike Wehner, BGR, 20 Apr. 2021 Non-congregate facilities — like hotels, apartments or homes — allow families to live together separately from others, compared to shelters, which commonly group those experiencing homelessness together in a large room. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, 8 Apr. 2021 The move to group the suspension bills is not a total disappointment to the entire Republican conference, though. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2021 The researchers note that charcoal is also present near the fossil location, and a fire could have actually forced the animals to group up, trapping them and eventually suffocating or burning them to death. Mike Wehner, BGR, 20 Apr. 2021 Multi-cloud gives organizations the opportunity to group together the right apps, platforms and services that make sense for their business and move workloads that are no longer cost-optimized to another provider quickly. Steven Kaplan, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Castellanos, Votto, Suárez and Moustakas will group together in the middle of the order. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 26 Mar. 2021 In recent years, data has shown a U.S. shift away from religious institutions and toward general disaffiliation, a trend that analysts say could have major implications for politics, business and how Americans group themselves. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/group. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for group

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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