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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Its foreign members participate fully in the church’s governing... Mark Tooley, WSJ, "The African Future of ‘America’s Church’," 7 Mar. 2019 One study published in PLoS One had 50 healthy coffee drinkers who were biologically incapable of menstruating participate in two trials, each lasting for three days. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 Physical activity in the great outdoors was a major theme of the day, as the pair also participated in archery and took part in an assault course. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Reveals Her Nickname for Princess Charlotte While Visiting Northern Ireland," 1 Mar. 2019 The couple had been in town since Saturday, participating in everything from visiting Education For All, a charity that provides girls in rural Morocco the chance for a full education, to petting horses on their final day. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Men's J.Crew Coat on the Royal Tour of Morocco," 26 Feb. 2019 Belgium has halted all incoming and outbound air traffic for 24 hours as air traffic controllers participate in a national strike over low wages. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Belgium Cancels All Flights For 24 Hours as Air Traffic Controllers Strike," 13 Feb. 2019 Similarly, at participating Boston Market locations, order à la carte or take out a heat-and-serve Easter special. 7. Taysha Murtaugh And Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "15 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch Near Me," 11 Feb. 2019 Your Pie Pizza: Get a free scoop of the chain’s authentic Italian gelato Sunday at participating locations. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "What's the scoop? See the deals Sunday for National Ice Cream Day," 13 July 2018 Photo: Agnes Dherbeys for The Wall Street Journal Ms. Levavasseur, 31, was participating in a yellow-vest protest this month when fellow demonstrators turned on her, pulling her hair and insulting her. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "After Confronting Macron, France’s Yellow Vest Movement Turns on Itself," 23 Feb. 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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