group

1 of 2

noun

often attributive
1
: two or more figures forming a complete unit in a composition
went there as a group
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

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verb

grouped; grouping; groups

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 beautifullyR. C. Ruark
groupable 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
College access and financial groups began suspecting in early 2023 that another delay was likely when the agency failed to commit to releasing the FAFSA by its traditional October launch. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 13 Feb. 2024 The study found that Latina educators held lower levels of education than other racial and ethnic groups. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 Add Questions About Adaptability, Learning New Skills And Working With Diverse Groups Focus your questions for the candidate not just on their past experience, but also on their adaptability, willingness to learn new skills and ability to work with diverse groups of people. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The show confirmed that Neil’s voice remains a weak point in the group. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024 The vote came after a small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion for Ukraine held the Senate floor through the night, using the final hours of debate to argue that the U.S. should focus on its own problems before sending more money overseas. TIME, 13 Feb. 2024 Officials moved some 68,000 of the state’s most at-risk homeless people out of crowded encampments and group shelters where the virus could quickly spread. Ethan Varian, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 The 54-year-old singer-songwriter, one of the founding members of former country music group Trick Pony, tied the knot with philanthropist and advocate Jennifer Parisi on Feb. 10 in Jamaica. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 But that hasn’t stopped groups such as Roof Above, the ACLU of North Carolina and Action NC from raising concerns. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024
Verb
On the first sale alone—where the shares were grouped into five blocks ranging between one million and 3.2 million—Bezos 7% tax cut (by moving out of Washington) would have saved him $140 million. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 More specifically, the newfound wasps were grouped into the extinct genus Archaeromma, of which 10 species are known. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 12 Feb. 2024 Some of the notes were clearly grouped by theme—travel, fishing, the French, chainsaws—but others sat in more mysterious juxtaposition. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2024 Peering inside the spirals Astronomers used Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera to observe millions of stars, seen in sparkling blue, grouped together in clusters and spread throughout the arms of the 19 galaxies as well. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 The blades, similar to other stone tools found at several sites in Europe, were grouped into the Lincombian-Ranisian-Jerzmanowician culture upon their initial excavation. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 All of these housing towers, whether grouped into two or three high-rises, face a problem that is becoming more widespread by the day in commercial real estate. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 15 Jan. 2024 The researchers grouped complications by the organ system impacted: the gastrointestinal system, neurological system, renal system, and cardiovascular system. Korin Miller, Verywell Health, 29 Jan. 2024 Mittens are generally warmer than separate-finger gloves because the warmth of your fingers grouped together generates more heat than if each finger is separate, according to Amy Cramer, Mountain Safety Team member at Eldora Ski Mountain. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of group was in 1668

Dictionary Entries Near group

Cite this Entry

“Group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/group. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

group

1 of 2 noun
1
: a number of objects or persons considered as a unit
2
a
: a number of living things having some natural relationship
b
: a combination of atoms commonly found together in a molecule
a methyl group
3
: a small band : combo
a rock group

group

2 of 2 verb
: to arrange or combine in a group
group children by ages

Medical Definition

group

noun
often attributive
1
: a number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship
2
a
: 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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