Definition of participate
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>
participatorplay \-ˌpā-tər\ noun
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>
Origin and Etymology of participate
Latin participatus, past participle of participare, from particip-, particeps participant, from part-, pars part + capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 1531
Synonym Discussion of participate
PARTICIPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of participate for English Language Learners
: to be involved with others in doing something : to take part in an activity or event with others
PARTICIPATE Defined for Kids
Definition of participate for Students
: to join with others in doing something
Word Root of participate
The Latin word pars, meaning “part,” and its form partis give us the root part. Words from the Latin pars have something to do with a part, section, or portion. To participate is to take part in some activity. Anything partial involves only part of something. A particle is a tiny bit or portion of something. It is easy to see that part itself also comes directly from pars in both form and meaning.
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