participate

verb
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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Other Words from participate

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

Synonyms for participate

Synonyms

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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At least 17 others who had been arrested for apparently participating in anti-government protests were wounded in the prison disturbance. Gabriela Selser, The Seattle Times, "US-Nicaraguan man killed in detention served in US Navy," 18 May 2019 For example, in September 2018 Kendall Jenner opened up about how her anxiety prevented her from participating in the Spring/Summer 2019 fashion week. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "The New Lazy Oafs Collection Is Raising Awareness About Mental Health," 15 May 2019 Since Helen Taft's initial involvement in planting the trees around D.C., many First Ladies have remained active supporters of the cherry blossom festival through the years by participating in tree planting ceremonies and other festival events. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 There were also a large array of games and activities for the guests to participate in at the party. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Detail You Missed at Kylie Jenner’s Daughter’s Outrageous First Birthday Party," 11 Feb. 2019 Today’s consumers are men and women who are equally interested in participating in household decisions. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Castillo was a huge fan of the brand, owned a first-generation Jeep Cherokee, and participated in off-road events with it. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Hundreds of Jeeps Pay Tribute to 18-Year-Old Jeep Owner Killed Thwarting School Shooting," 16 May 2019 Or participate in one of the hotel's off-season offerings, like a tour of an oyster farm (tastings included), a cooking class with the executive chef of Topper's, or a visit to the charming village of Siasconset. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, as well as Princess Anne all participated in a photo call at the hospital with their new arrival. Vogue, "How Meghan Markle’s Birth Plan Will Differ from Kate Middleton’s," 17 Apr. 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

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The first known use of participate was in 1531

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participate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of participate

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

participate

verb
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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