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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Concentrate on enjoying life to its fullest and participating in more social and community affairs. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 17, 2019: Capricorn, be a positive force; Virgo, don’t procrastinate," 17 Sep. 2019 But beginning in 2018, the model started taking a step back from the modeling world and only participated in a select number of shows each season. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kendall Jenner Debuts Blonde Hair for the First Time on Burberry Runway," 16 Sep. 2019 Nate was an avid sports fan and participated in many different sports through-out his life, but baseball was his favorite., "Nathan P. Sterling," 15 Sep. 2019 With authority fragmented, there was little effective crime fighting and some militias even participated in criminal networks. New York Times, "Iraq Faces a New Adversary: Crystal Meth," 14 Sep. 2019 Attendees could receive guided tours of the stations, sign up for free smoke detectors and participate in hands-only CPR demonstrations. Robin Goist,, "Akron opens two new fire stations," 12 Sep. 2019 The vote took place between Aug. 26 and Sept. 11, and 62% of workers participated. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Kaiser Permanente Colorado workers vote overwhelmingly to authorize nationwide strike," 11 Sep. 2019 Also: Louisville boosts homeless outreach, low-barrier shelter beds with $1 million in budget Harrell is still working out details in this plan, such as how veterans will be selected to live in the homes and participate in the program. Benjamin Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "A tiny home community to help homeless veterans may be coming to Louisville soon," 10 Sep. 2019 Hold onto your hats and participate in the hat contest. Anchorage Daily News, "Autumn activities are back: Fungus fair, fall harvest tea and moose madness," 5 Sep. 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 entry 1

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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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What made you want to look up participate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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