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


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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The people who are already put in prison and are trying to get out by participating in programs, those programs also need to be funded too. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Barr: Justice Department is ‘all in’ on criminal justice overhaul," 13 July 2019 Obama would participate before and after he was elected state senator. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Exemplary Legacy of the Chicago Defender," 12 July 2019 All of the participating news outlets have reporters who cover climate change as part of various beats like business and the environment. Laney Pope And Brian Stelter, CNN, "How six Florida newsrooms are working together to strengthen climate change coverage," 11 July 2019 Burger King announced Tuesday that participating restaurants nationwide are introducing a $1 Crispy Taco. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Burger King brings back tacos for a limited time with new $1 Crispy Tacos," 9 July 2019 Free entrées for Cow Appreciation Day must be redeemed in-restaurant at one of the more than 2,400 participating locations. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Free food at Chick-fil-A for Cow Appreciation Day," 7 July 2019 Besides Wells Fargo, other participating lenders included Bank of America, Bank of Nova Scotia, BMO Harris Bank, Frost Bank, Credit Agricole, Midfirst Bank, Raymond James Bank, Aareal Capital and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Gaylord Rockies Resort refinances and lines up money for expansion," 6 July 2019 Some cultures likely participated in skull reshaping as an indicator of social status, wealth and power, while others may have inadvertently modified infants’ heads by binding them to protect during growth. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient Chinese Graves Reveal Evidence of Early Skull Reshaping," 6 July 2019 Every donation made on the website will be amplified this weekend by through national and local partners, and the greater community of participating organizations. Essence, "Girls United Takes Center Stage At 2019 Essence Festival," 5 July 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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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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