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 Virginia Tech joined that group with cornerback Caleb Farley at No. 22 to Tennessee and teammate Christian Darrisaw, a tackle taken by Minnesota. Barry Wilner, ajc, "NFL draft: No suspense as 3 QBs dominate early picks," 30 Apr. 2021 Dodgers starters average more innings per start than any other group in the majors this season. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers are unable to brew up any offense in Milwaukee," 30 Apr. 2021 In a 2014 study designed to measure these kinds of inconsistencies, Pew randomly assigned 3,003 respondents to either a telephone or online survey group and then asked them the same 60 questions. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "What Happens When Opinion Polls Move Online," 30 Apr. 2021 The Newslight partnership was premised on a long-term plan for Bainum to own The Baltimore Sun, Wyss to own the Chicago Tribune, and to sell off the rest of the company’s newspapers to individual or group owners. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Maryland hotel exec racing clock to find investors for $680 million bid for Tribune Publishing, but nobody is stepping up in Chicago: source," 30 Apr. 2021 There’s also a group called , which is helping seniors and those who aren’t tech savvy book appointments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sharp HealthCare now taking vaccine walk-ups; 3,100 slots available Friday, Saturday," 30 Apr. 2021 Among that group, the points of contention included, among others, discipline (57 percent), food (44 percent), screen time (36 percent), and bedtime (21 percent). Robin Marantz Henig, The Atlantic, "Parents Set Rules for Their Kids. Grandparents Break Them.," 30 Apr. 2021 In a group chat, Griggers used racist slurs and echoed white supremacist ideas. Washington Post, "Sheriff’s deputy boasted to extremists about beating Black man, called it ‘sweet stress relief,' feds say," 30 Apr. 2021 After Femi died, Akinnola joined a Facebook group, Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, for emotional support. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Bodies Piled High, Whatever Boris Johnson Said," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Three Ways To Approach IT Cloud Strategy To Gain Economic Advantage," 9 Apr. 2021 Castellanos, Votto, Suárez and Moustakas will group together in the middle of the order. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "With Shogo Akiyama sidelined, who bats leadoff for the Cincinnati Reds?," 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, "Religious membership in the U.S. falls below the majority," 30 Mar. 2021 That might seem obvious, but in reality, most offices group all the salespeople together, all developers together, all marketers together – and so on. Martin Boyd, Forbes, "Shepherding Smarter Working In 2021," 10 Mar. 2021 The idea behind Purdue is to group different parts of an organization's IT infrastructure based on its value to the operation, segmenting and securing each in proportion to that value. Itzik Kotler, Forbes, "Controlling The Controllables In Cybersecurity," 9 Mar. 2021 So don’t number your entries; don’t group several entries under a single header. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1424: It’s hive time for another Spelling Bee contest," 18 Feb. 2021 No one collects national data on carjackings; local departments often group carjackings with other auto thefts or violent crimes. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Carjackings Are Up—and Gig Workers Are Getting Victimized," 12 Feb. 2021 Feelings can be fuzzy, free-floating, and hard to define, but words help group them into something more coherent. Travel, "Is joy the same in every language?," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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3 May 2021

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“Group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/group. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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