group

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgrüp How to pronounce group (audio) \

Definition of group

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : two or more figures forming a complete unit in a composition went there as a group
2a : a number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship a study group
b : an assemblage of objects regarded as a unit one of the food groups
c(1) : a military unit consisting of a headquarters and attached battalions
(2) : a unit of the U.S. Air Force higher than a squadron and lower than a wing
3a : an assemblage of related organisms often used to avoid taxonomic connotations when the kind or degree of relationship is not clearly defined
b(1) : two or more atoms joined together or sometimes a single atom forming part of a molecule especially : functional group a methyl group
(2) : an assemblage of elements forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table
c : a bed or layer of rocks deposited during an era
4 : a mathematical set that is closed under a binary associative operation, contains an identity element, and has an inverse for every element

group

verb
grouped; grouping; groups

Definition of group (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to combine in a group grouped English and Dutch as Germanic languages
2 : to assign to a group : classify The children were grouped by age.

intransitive verb

1 : to form a group The students grouped around the table.
2 : to belong to a group
3 : to make groups of closely spaced hits on a target the gun grouped beautifully— R. C. Ruark

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Other Words from group

Verb

groupable \ ˈgrü-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce group (audio) \ adjective

Examples of group in a Sentence

Noun It'll be easier if we go there as a group. She presented the idea to the group. We like to let these students work in groups whenever possible. She belongs to an environmental group. She joined a discussion group. A select group of scientists has been invited to the conference. Verb you should first group the invertebrates by genus group the kids together and we'll see who's missing See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here and there, the Smile rocks out and recalls its parent group’s earlier days. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 13 May 2022 His group plans dives this year at other Sierra lakes, including June Lake east of Yosemite National Park, and will expand future Tahoe searches to deeper depths. Scott Sonner, ajc, 13 May 2022 The protesters also revealed that the leader of their group was in hiding after allegedly being doxxed. Jon Brown, Fox News, 13 May 2022 Wright, one of the fifth graders, said his group answered: Why do goats have rectangular pupils? Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 The jurisdiction was formed through the country’s 2016 peace deal with its largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — the FARC. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 One butterfly starts to flutter above our group of watchful eyes—then two, then three. Sunset Magazine, 12 May 2022 How is Beth adjusting to her new Other Big Three group, given that Sophie and Phillip have replaced Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Miguel (Jon Huertas)? Dan Snierson, EW.com, 11 May 2022 The park asks that visitors reschedule their visit if anyone in their group has been exposed to COVID-19, or has experienced any symptoms. Alec Brzezinski, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb FilmRise will group the webseries episodes into traditional half-hour formats and seasons for streaming. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 11 May 2022 One is the extensive polling done by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center as part of its long-running project to sort out how Americans group themselves by ideology, what Pew calls its political typologies. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 First, assess the situation, diagnose the challenges and group them. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 In addition to the rape on the football field, Callahan took the student to group dinners off campus, gave her alcohol and assaulted her in the presence of other Mater Dei coaches, the lawsuit said. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Google's initial solution, known as Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoC, aimed to constantly group people into big baskets designed by algorithms based on websites users visited in the last week. Reuters, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 The automatic enrollment method allows municipalities to group together people for better buying power, without making residents sign a contract or make a choice every few years. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2021 Instead of placing odds and ends of your collection around the house, group them together into a cohesive statement. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021 This allowed Xbox friends to group up and move from one game type to another together. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of group

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for group

Noun and Verb

French groupe, from Italian gruppo, by-form of groppo knot, tangle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kropf craw — more at crop

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/group. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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group

noun
\ ˈgrüp How to pronounce group (audio) \

Kids Definition of group

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a number of persons or things considered as a unit
2 : a number of persons or things that are considered related in some way an age group a food group
3 : a small band a rock group

group

verb
grouped; grouping

Kids Definition of group (Entry 2 of 2)

: to arrange in, put into, or form a unit or group

group

noun, often attributive
\ ˈgrüp How to pronounce group (audio) \

Medical Definition of group

1 : a number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship
2a : an assemblage of related organisms often used to avoid taxonomic connotations when the kind or degree of relationship is not clearly defined
b(1) : an assemblage of atoms forming part of a molecule especially : functional group
(2) : an assemblage of elements forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table

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