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

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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 Nor did the facility participate in any community drills or exercises in recent years other than fire drills, Welch and Brennan agreed. ProPublica, "Nursing Homes Fought Federal Emergency Plan Requirements for Years. Now, They’re Coronavirus Hot Spots.," 31 May 2020 Like 13% of the schools that participated in the School Nutrition Association’s April 30 survey, workers at the Warrick County district serve meals to students five days a week. Daphne Duret, USA TODAY, "School lunch programs are losing millions feeding hungry kids. They could be broke by fall," 31 May 2020 Last month, United For Respect said hundreds of Walmart employees participated in a national strike demanding safer working conditions and better benefits. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Walmart Employees Are Out to Show Its Anti-Theft AI Doesn't Work," 29 May 2020 For example, a kayaking business may not allow someone who can't swim to participate out of concern for their safety. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Can a business require you to wear a face mask to enter in Indiana? What you should know," 29 May 2020 This series will take place on Zoom, and attendees will be able to both see the discussions live and participate by asking questions. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Digital event: Confronting a Pandemic — Part 4," 28 May 2020 The number of players participating in drills will build as each group arrives. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "UNT formulates plan to return football coaches, players to campus," 28 May 2020 Unless changes are made to election procedures for the November election, COVID-19 poses an ongoing and very real threat to Kentuckians’ ability to participate safely in that election. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Federal lawsuit aims to block Kentucky's photo ID law for November election," 27 May 2020 And the logic of this curriculum always leads back to participating effectively in public life—to developing the discipline and habits of mind involved in pursuing the common good. Wim Wiewel, The New Republic, "The Case for Liberal Arts Education in a Time of Crisis," 27 May 2020

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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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3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Participate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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