par·​tic·​i·​pate pär-ˈti-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce participate (audio)
participated; participating

intransitive verb

: to possess some of the attributes of a person, thing, or quality
the individual man participates in the ideal manFrank Thilly
: to take part
always participates in class discussions
: to have a part or share in something
Your mother participates in this ambition …Edith Wharton
participator noun
Choose the Right Synonym for participate

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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Word History


Latin participatus, past participle of participare, from particip-, particeps participant, from part-, pars part + capere to take — more at heave entry 1

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of participate was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Participate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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par·​tic·​i·​pate pər-ˈtis-ə-ˌpāt How to pronounce participate (audio)
participated; participating
: to take part or have a share in something in common with others
participate in sports
participator noun

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