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 participate (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 To help lawmakers keep physical distance, some committee members may participate virtually in hearings as long as two lawmakers are present in the hearing room. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Masks required, remote voting allowed as Texas House adopts rules for COVID-19 legislative session," 14 Jan. 2021 On the night of the inauguration, a handful of other Hollywood celebrities, including Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake, will participate in a television special as part of Biden’s Inauguration Day festivities. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez headline Biden inauguration participants," 14 Jan. 2021 Apple did not participate in or fund the study, but is aware of its watches' capabilities. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Smart watches can help detect COVID-19 symptoms days before they show," 14 Jan. 2021 But despite the fact that the holiday is associated with the Christian faith, everyone can participate. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Mardi Gras This Year? Everything You Need to Know About Fat Tuesday," 13 Jan. 2021 For the Buccaneers, top running back Ronald Jones (quad/finger) did not participate in practice. Luke Johnson,, "Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray and Patrick Robinson miss practice; Trey Hendrickson returns," 13 Jan. 2021 The Blue will participate in a G League tournament inside the Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida that was used for the NBA bubble for the end of last season and the postseason. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Former ASU star Rob Edwards selected by Thunder in G-League draft," 12 Jan. 2021 Under a United Nations treaty, the NTSB along with technical experts from Boeing and possibly the manufacturers of other components would participate in the probe because the jet was built in the U.S. Alan Levin,, "Indonesia Jet Broke Up When It Hit Sea, Not While Still in Air," 10 Jan. 2021 The Browns have seven players and six coaches, including Stefanski, who are unable to be around the team due to COVID-19 protocols. Per league rules, Stefanksi can't participate in Sunday's game. Tom Withers, Star Tribune, "Browns finally practicing for playoffs after COVID-19 delays," 8 Jan. 2021

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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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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Participate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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