con·​gre·​gate | \ ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce congregate (audio) \
congregated; congregating

Definition of congregate

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transitive verb

: to collect into a group or crowd : assemble The king congregated his knights.

intransitive verb

: to come together into a group, crowd, or assembly Students congregated in the auditorium.


con·​gre·​gate | \ ˈkäŋ-gri-gət How to pronounce congregate (audio) \

Definition of congregate (Entry 2 of 2)

: providing or being group services or facilities designed especially for elderly persons requiring supportive services congregate housing

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congregator \ ˈkäŋ-​gri-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce congregate (audio) \ noun

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gather, collect, assemble, congregate mean to come or bring together into a group, mass, or unit. gather is the most general term for bringing or coming together from a spread-out or scattered state. a crowd quickly gathered collect often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement. collected books on gardening assemble implies an ordered union or organization of persons or things often for a definite purpose. experts assembled for a conference congregate implies a spontaneous flocking together into a crowd or huddle. congregating under a shelter

Examples of congregate in a Sentence

Verb It's a place where the homeless congregate. Skiers congregated around the lodge's fireplace.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Residents are once again able to crowd onto trains, congregate in bars, and pretty much carry on with their regular lives. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Humpbacks congregate here, creating pufflike splashes on the horizon and flashing their fins and underbellies at all distances. Darrell Hartman, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Aug. 2021 In this enclave of the app, women congregate to document dispatches of their lives as strippers. New York Times, 29 July 2021 Haiti's elite will congregate Friday in the historic northern port city of Cap-Haitien for Moise's funeral. Caitlin Hu, CNN, 23 July 2021 After practices averaging about two hours a day, the sprinters usually congregate in an Airbnb shared by Owusu, Azamati and Yeboah. Edward Lee,, 19 July 2021 As is common with most family gatherings, every single person would congregate in the kitchen — this meant Julie often couldn’t get to the refrigerator without having to ask three people to move. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 12 July 2021 Crime rates historically rise in the summer, when people are more likely to congregate, increasing opportunities for conflict., 2 July 2021 During the springtime, these rosy birds congregate en masse throughout the park, feasting on shrimp and mollusks alongside Eurasian spoonbills, purple herons, and a wealth of other migratory wading birds. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Those restrictions, while also based on public health, are necessary because of concerns over migrants in congregate settings when undergoing processing, officials said. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 The success of this multimodal Covid-19 control can serve as a guide for other congregate settings. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Pritzker has mandated vaccinations and testing for educators, health care workers, college and university students and workers in congregate care settings, while also calling on the private sector to do more to require workers to get vaccinated. Rick Pearson,, 4 Oct. 2021 The state is authorizing COVID-19 booster shots for all residents 65 and older who live in congregate care settings, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced his administration would begin administering COVID vaccine boosters to older adults in congregate settings. Christine Condon,, 9 Sep. 2021 Some shelters and other congregate settings continue to provide for regular COVID-19 testing. Alex Putterman,, 30 Aug. 2021 Pritzker's requirement for workers in congregate settings has been challenged by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the state's largest employee union. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 State employees who work at prisons, hospitals and other congregate settings also face the same mandate. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of congregate


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for congregate

Verb and Adjective

Middle English, from Latin congregatus, past participle of congregare, from com- + greg-, grex flock

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“Congregate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of congregate

: to come together in a group or crowd


con·​gre·​gate | \ ˈkäŋ-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce congregate (audio) \
congregated; congregating

Kids Definition of congregate

: to collect or gather into a crowd or group : assemble Workers congregate around the coffee maker.

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