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 Donations of any amount are also accepted from those who do not wish to participate in the event. cleveland, "Hospice of the Western Reserve’s annual Walk to Remember goes virtual," 15 May 2020 The school only has 17 sports available — with 16 required to participate at the NCAA level. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "‘I think there will be football this season’: SMU AD Rick Hart details return to sports, COVID-19 impact on department," 15 May 2020 Provide $280,000 to the seven students, some of whom are no longer in school, to participate in what the governor's office called high-quality literacy programs with the funds held for that purpose by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "What Whitmer promised group of Detroit school students in literacy settlement," 14 May 2020 Visit this site to learn more about the study and how to participate. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 11-12," 13 May 2020 After the assault, the Bosnian Serbs agreed to participate in peace talks, and in November, in Dayton, Ohio, the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke brokered an accord that ended the civil war. Steve Coll, The New York Review of Books, "The Struggle for Better," 13 May 2020 A few weeks ago local aviation units were given the OK to participate. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It's a great tribute': F-16 flyovers pay tribute to health care workers battling coronavirus in Wisconsin," 12 May 2020 Initially meant to be an in-person summit in New York, it is now being held virtually with the nearly 50 female entrepreneurs chosen to participate. Michelle Fox, NBC News, "Rebecca Minkoff on the 'silver lining' for small businesses during this uncertain time," 11 May 2020 Rhode Island also had plans for a short-time working program, which Lotuff intended to participate in. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A luxury leather company is using a post-apocalypse art thesis to survive the pandemic," 8 May 2020

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Participate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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