group

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noun

often attributive
1
: two or more figures forming a complete unit in a composition
went there as a group
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

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verb

grouped; grouping; groups

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
groupable adjective

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
As of early November, at least 328 people have been killed and 14,825 others arrested in the unrest, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that has been monitoring the two months of protests. Jonah Valdez, Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 DreamWorks is distributed as a linear and on-demand service on SFR, the French telco group available on French TV sets. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 21 Nov. 2022 The Association of American Railroads, the trade group which represents the rail companies, estimates losses of $2 billion a day. Eli M. Rosenberg, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 Unlike some other major local industries, finance and insurance doesn’t have a powerful lobbying group to champion it on Beacon Hill or its own quasi-public agency to cultivate corporate expansions. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Nov. 2022 Ahead of the games, advocacy group Human Rights Watch accused the country of arbitrarily arresting and abusing LGBTQ people. CBS News, 21 Nov. 2022 Bar Sprezzatura, opening Monday night, Nov. 21, comes from TableOne Hospitality, partly owned by chef Michael Mina’s vast restaurant group. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Nov. 2022 On Sunday morning, Libs of TikTok posted about a drag education group in Colorado, tagging the state representatives who had lent support. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 Fans of Buffalo, a group that helps organize travel to games, booked the Firebird Tavern within two hours of the location change. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 21 Nov. 2022
Verb
The new constitution will also group amendments by category, such as branches of government or economic development. Sarah Swetlik | Sswetlik@al.com, al, 19 Oct. 2022 Unlike the new Jacksonians, Biden makes little distinction between the two and in fact tends to group them together as authoritarian enemies of democracy. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 17 Oct. 2022 Use one to group similar items such as cleaning supplies. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 1 Oct. 2022 Chief Executive Bob Chapek said the company could eventually group all its streaming products under its flagship Disney+ app, and could tie that service more closely to its theme-parks business. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 Line them up a staircase, use them to accent a mantel, or group them together for a festive fall table display. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2022 Click on the app to allow notifications, turn them off, or group them. Adrienne So, WIRED, 5 Sep. 2022 In other words, take stock of which items reliably drive your sales and group those together. Kiran Herbert, Outside Online, 18 Dec. 2020 Few police were present as the crowd swelled to a few hundred and began to group itself into dueling factions. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of group was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/group. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

group 1 of 2

noun

1
: a number of objects or persons considered as a unit
2
a
: a number of living things having some natural relationship
b
: a combination of atoms commonly found together in a molecule
a methyl group
3
: a small band : combo
a rock group

group

2 of 2

verb

: to arrange or combine in a group
group children by ages

Medical Definition

group

noun

often attributive
1
: a number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship
2
a
: 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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