Definition of participate
archaic : partake
1 : to possess some of the attributes of a person, thing, or quality the individual man participates in the ideal man — Frank Thilly
2a : to take part always participates in class discussionsb : to have a part or share in something Your mother participates in this ambition … — Edith Wharton
participatorplay \pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpā-tər, pər-\ noun
Examples of participate in a Sentence
Most people joined the game, but a few chose not to participate.
eager to participate in the city's cultural life
Recent Examples of participate from the Web
Sutherland has participated in other campaigns, including a search for exoplanets using data from the Kepler Space Telescope.
A rights group says Serbian police have banned a former Kosovo president from entering the country to participate in an event designed to boost dialogue between the former war foes.
Withdrawal would put the U.S. in league with just two other nations -- Syria and Nicaragua -- that aren’t participating in the agreement.
The president participated in the somber, annual observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
The soldiers were participating in a large-scale training exercises at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
The Glenbrook South High School marching band participated.
In the past year, Yachty has participated in a number of verbal cage matches with members of the hip-hop establishment, who see him as a sacrilegious figure—a symbol of decay.
Last October, Dr. Green participated in a panel discussion about medical deaths in the little public recreation center near Mr. Shields’s home.
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Synonym Discussion of participate
PARTICIPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of participate for English Language Learners
: to be involved with others in doing something : to take part in an activity or event with others
PARTICIPATE Defined for Kids
Definition of participate for Students
: to join with others in doing something
Word Root of participate
The Latin word pars, meaning “part,” and its form partis give us the root part. Words from the Latin pars have something to do with a part, section, or portion. To participate is to take part in some activity. Anything partial involves only part of something. A particle is a tiny bit or portion of something. It is easy to see that part itself also comes directly from pars in both form and meaning.
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