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 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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And unlike other sports where teams can compete in the county over, power soccer teams have to travel across state lines to participate. Robert General, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana power soccer team gives kids with disabilities chance to play sports," 15 June 2019 In 2015, King came to Baltimore to participate in a series of NAACP events with support from the Republican Party. Christina Tkacik,, "To commemorate Juneteenth, Alveda King takes 'freedom tour' of Maryland," 15 June 2019 Zielinski volunteered to participate in the procession to transfer Sgt. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "From a mass shooting to a major wildfire, two California firefighters recount a harrowing 24 hours," 14 June 2019 For so many years my choices (in fashion and in everything else) weren’t affected just because of that loud, angry voice telling me what my body was and wasn’t allowed to participate in. Olivia Muenter, Glamour, "I Went on National TV in Lingerie—It Changed What Body Positivity Meant to Me," 14 June 2019 Landry will host his celebrity softball game Saturday at Classic Park, with teammates and friends such as Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, Joe Haden, Hunt and others set to participate. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Jarvis Landry says Baker Mayfield and Duke Johnson can co-exist; with new OC Todd Monken it takes time," 14 June 2019 Dogs selected to for inclusion must have a current dog park permit, be current on their rabies vaccinations and able to follow basic commands to participate in the photo shoot. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 14 June 2019 In the agreement, Quicken, which made no admission of wrongdoing, will continue to participate in the Federal Housing Administration loan program, a key part of its business. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Quicken Loans to pay $32.5 million to resolve mortgage suit," 14 June 2019 Marquette employees are not required to participate but are incentivized by money bonuses and other perks. Alexandria Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette University employees sign up for fitness trackers that record their steps, sleep," 14 June 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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