verb par·tic·i·pate \ pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt , pər- \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of participate

participated; participating
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
2 a : 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


play \pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpā-tər, pər-\ noun

Examples of participate in a Sentence

  1. Most people joined the game, but a few chose not to participate.

  2. eager to participate in the city's cultural life

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Origin and Etymology of participate

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

participate Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of participate

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

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


verb par·tic·i·pate \ pər-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt , pär- \

Definition of participate for Students

participated; participating
: 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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