par·​tic·​i·​pate | \ pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce participate (audio) , pər- \
participated; participating

Definition of participate

intransitive verb

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 discussions
b : to have a part or share in something Your mother participates in this ambition …— Edith Wharton

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participator \ pär-​ˈti-​sə-​ˌpā-​tər How to pronounce participator (audio) , pər-​ \ noun

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share, participate, partake mean to have, get, or use in common with another or others. share usually implies that one as the original holder grants to another the partial use, enjoyment, or possession of a thing. shared my toys with the others participate implies a having or taking part in an undertaking, activity, or discussion. participated in sports partake implies accepting or acquiring a share especially of food or drink. partook freely of the refreshments

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 on the Web School level politics may involve issues like ending school segregation, demanding more resources for schools, increasing the numbers of teachers and administrators of color, and participating in school board elections. Domingo Morel, The Conversation, "The made-up crisis behind the state takeover of Houston’s public schools," 10 Jan. 2020 So, scientists there will participate in designing, building, and operating the new collider. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Department of Energy picks New York over Virginia for site of new particle collider," 9 Jan. 2020 Women in rap have gleefully participated in this resurgence. Brooklyn White, Essence, "2000s Fashion Is Officially Back In Style," 8 Jan. 2020 Some of the Acts communities are participating in a two-year study about memory improvement supervised by a researcher at the University of Alabama. Sharon Jayson, Scientific American, "Brain Scientists Tap Secrets of Staying Healthy While Aging," 3 Jan. 2020 Nearly half a million people participated in work stoppages in 2018, the largest number since 1986. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Rise of the Permanent Protest," 1 Jan. 2020 The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Anoka County Traveler routes are also participating. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Options abound for NYE revelers getting home; consequences for those who choose to drink and drive," 31 Dec. 2019 In 2019, more than 72,700 people participated in First Day Hikes nationally, covering more than 150,280 miles, according to the National Association of State Park Directors. Danika Worthington, The Know, "Start the new year right by joining one of the more than 30 First Day Hikes at Colorado state parks," 31 Dec. 2019 It has been widely discussed how these categories are difficult to maintain for combatants of the Lord’s Resistance Army, who can be considered both a victim (of abduction), and a perpetrator (having participated in the violence). Kristof Titeca, Quartz Africa, "These photos reveal the personal lives of the Lord’s Resistance Army," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of participate

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for participate

Latin participatus, past participle of participare, from particip-, particeps participant, from part-, pars part + capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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The first known use of participate was in 1531

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Participate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of participate

: to be involved with others in doing something : to take part in an activity or event with others


par·​tic·​i·​pate | \ pər-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce participate (audio) , pär- \
participated; participating

Kids Definition of participate

: to join with others in doing something

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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