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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But unlike in the book, the Crows cross paths with her along the way and even participate in the final battle against the Darkling on the Fold. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "How Netflix's Shadow and Bone Builds on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse Novels," 23 Apr. 2021 Families can learn about guerilla gardening while creating seed bombs, learn to paint using natural dyes, design a flower crown or nature light and participate in fun games. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: April 23-25," 21 Apr. 2021 The assembly of the BRC itself represents their desire to not only join dialogues about architecture and city planning but directly participate in the construction and reconstruction of this nation. Kimberly Drew, Curbed, "MoMA’s ‘Reconstructions’ Show Changed My Relationship to Space and Cities," 20 Apr. 2021 After graduating early from Central East High School, Worthy planned to enroll early and participate in spring practices. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Prized Michigan football signee Xavier Worthy asks out of national letter of intent," 15 Apr. 2021 Hong Kong’s students were also asked to sing China’s national anthem and participate in flag raising ceremonies to mark the event. Fortune, "Taiwan issue may force Japan to pick sides in U.S.-Beijing fight," 15 Apr. 2021 Hyde said Tuesday that Hays is progressing in his recovery and could participate in game action soon at the Bowie alternate site. Nathan Ruiz,, "Ryan Mountcastle has had a rough start in left field. For the Orioles, his defense is still ‘a work in progress.’," 14 Apr. 2021 The bill includes additional help for part-time workers and those who drive for Uber, deliver for Grubhub, or otherwise participate in the gig economy., "Senate Democrats propose sweeping overhaul of unemployment programs that were rocked by pandemic fallout," 14 Apr. 2021 Parents pay big money so their kids are able to travel and participate in high-level competition. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, "Former UConn Coach Kevin Ollie Named Head Coach For Overtime Elite, Which Will Pay High School Players $100,000 Salaries," 12 Apr. 2021

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of participate was in 1531

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27 Apr 2021

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“Participate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce participate (audio) , pär- \
participated; participating

Kids Definition of participate

: to join with others in doing something

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