par·tic·i·pate | \pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt, 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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Other Words from participate

participator \pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpā-tər, pər- \ noun

Synonyms for participate


partake, share

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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

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The Olympics were previously reserved for Kolache Factory employees, but this year, customers were encouraged to participate. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Katy father of two wins coveted prize for kolache creation," 13 July 2018 The largest site will be at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, where 2,400 people are expected to participate. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "How Big Sing California aims to bring joy to six cities and 10,000 performers," 13 July 2018 Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. followed by the walk/run from 9-10 a.m. and a vendor fair from 10-11 a.m. The cost of to participate as walker/runner is $25, which includes a T-shirt. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 13 July 2018 Ultimately four couples will be chosen to participate. Melissa Reinert,, "Temptation Island reboot searching for Kentucky couple," 13 July 2018 Any organization with 50 or more employees in San Diego County is eligible to participate. U-t Staff,, "Top Workplaces deadline is extended," 12 July 2018 Loyalty to and love for family members can outweigh serious personal misgivings, leading someone to participate in a terrorist attack who might not otherwise be inclined to do so. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Phase 3 of the rebate program allotted $12,500 for the purchase of 250 more cameras, with the stipulation that for the first 40 days, residents would be required to participate in or establish a neighborhood watch group. Sara Cardine,, "Phase 3 of city’s video doorbell rebate program opens up to public at large," 12 July 2018 The therapists have a background in treating trauma and aren’t required to have experience treating veterans but are encouraged to participate in training about military culture, said Nancy Rice, chief operating officer., "Veterans’ Families Also Suffer From The Wounds Of War," 12 July 2018

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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

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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, pär-\
participated; participating

Kids Definition of participate

: to join with others in doing something

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one that holds something together

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