par·​tic·​i·​pate | \pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt, 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, pər-​ \ noun

Synonyms for participate


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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Many focus on the early stages of the disease, so that is the ideal time to start expressing interest in participating. Korin Miller, SELF, "Are There Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease to Watch For?," 28 Nov. 2018 In August, Australia’s government barred Huawei and China’s ZTE Corp . from participating in the country’s 5G mobile network. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "New Zealand Bars Huawei From Its 5G Network Over Security Fears," 28 Nov. 2018 Part of my job included tracking the progress of participating FVRx convenience stores. Parvannah Lee, Teen Vogue, "I'm From the Navajo Nation and I Want to Help My Community Get Healthy Food," 22 Nov. 2018 People who are interested in participating can sign up at this link. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for," 19 Nov. 2018 But there are all kinds of genuine obstacles that have been intentionally placed to keep people from participating in democracy and mattering in democracy. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "America Ferrera: We Have to Fix Our Democracy Before We Lose It," 1 Nov. 2018 The timing of the birth has kept Pippa from participating in recent events like close royal family friend Sophie Carter's wedding that the entire Middleton family attended. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Has Given Birth to a Baby Boy," 16 Oct. 2018 After participating in a game of net ball, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex engaged in a small but sweet embrace to celebrate. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Had The Sweetest PDA Moment at the Coach Core Awards," 24 Sep. 2018 For many of us, the concept of actively participating in a dream can feel a bit daunting. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 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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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, pär-\
participated; participating

Kids Definition of participate

: to join with others in doing something

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