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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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 Elsewhere, junior defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike participated in individual drills Friday but sat out the scrimmage drills. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Observations from the UW Huskies’ sixth practice of spring football," 12 Apr. 2019 Some of these companies participate in purchasing cohorts to take advantage of group rates for items like travel and raw materials. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "The Berkshire Empire Is Quietly Collaborating More Than Ever," 4 Apr. 2019 After four winters of the program, 98% of eligible elementary schoolers participate, including kids with physical or behavioral challenges. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Marsh will collate scores from participating insurers, which will individually size up the offerings, and identify the products and services considered... Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Insurers Creating a Consumer Ratings Service for Cybersecurity Industry," 26 Mar. 2019 Below, check out some of the participating brands and get details on what's coming up. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "All the Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday Deals for People Who Love Workout Clothes," 22 Nov. 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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21 May 2019

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The first known use of participate was in 1531

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More Definitions for participate

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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