congest

[kuhn-jest]
verb (used with object)
1.
to fill to excess; overcrowd or overburden; clog: The subway entrance was so congested that no one could move.
2.
Pathology. to cause an unnatural accumulation of blood or other fluid in (a body part or blood vessel): The cold congested her sinuses.
3.
Obsolete. to heap together.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become congested: His throat congested with phlegm.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin congestus (past participle of congerere; see congeries), equivalent to con- con- + ges- (variant stem of gerere) + -tus past participle suffix

congestible, adjective
congestive, adjective
noncongestive, adjective
precongested, adjective
precongestive, adjective
supercongested, adjective
uncongested, adjective
uncongestive, adjective
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congest (kənˈdʒɛst)
 
vb
1.  to crowd or become crowded to excess; overfill
2.  to overload or clog (an organ or part) with blood or (of an organ or part) to become overloaded or clogged with blood
3.  (tr; usually passive) to block (the nose) with mucus
 
[C16: from Latin congestus pressed together, from congerere to assemble; see congeries]
 
con'gestible
 
adj
 
con'gestive
 
adj

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congest
1538, "to bring together" (trans.), from L. congestus, pp. of congerere "to bring together, pile up," from com- "together" + gerere "to carry, perform." Medical sense of "unnatural accumulation" (1758) led to transferred (intrans.) sense of "overcrowd" (1859).
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congest con·gest (kən-jěst')
v. con·gest·ed, con·gest·ing, con·gests
To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in a vessel or an organ.

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In the early days there were fewer airplanes to congest the airports, resulting in shorter taxi times at both airports.
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