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[kuh n-jest] /kənˈdʒɛst/
verb (used with object)
to fill to excess; overcrowd or overburden; clog:
The subway entrance was so congested that no one could move.
Pathology. to cause an unnatural accumulation of blood or other fluid in (a body part or blood vessel):
The cold congested her sinuses.
Obsolete. to heap together.
verb (used without object)
to become congested:
His throat congested with phlegm.
Origin of congest
1530-40; < Latin congestus (past participle of congerere; see congeries), equivalent to con- con- + ges- (variant stem of gerere) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
congestible, adjective
congestive, adjective
noncongestive, adjective
precongested, adjective
precongestive, adjective
supercongested, adjective
uncongested, adjective
uncongestive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for congested
  • The composition is jam-packed, but it doesn't feel congested or fussy.
  • It's not exactly a traffic jam up there yet, but it's getting a little congested.
  • These mark less congested areas of the network that could be used by phone companies to divert surges in traffic on the network.
  • The system also predicts when a congested road will return to normal flow.
  • Traditional migration routes for animals such as elephants are disrupted in congested areas.
  • Highways are congested and the skies are getting crowded.
  • Though notoriously congested in summer, the area can be a delight to visit off-season.
  • Complaints about expensive housing are common, and so are gripes about infrastructure, particularly the city's congested roads.
  • Drivers have a tendency to zoom and then stop in this congested city.
  • We need new and much improved transit options for heavily congested urban corridors.
British Dictionary definitions for congested


crowded to excess; overfull
(of an organ or part) loaded or clogged with blood
(of the nose) blocked with mucus


to crowd or become crowded to excess; overfill
to overload or clog (an organ or part) with blood or (of an organ or part) to become overloaded or clogged with blood
(transitive; usually passive) to block (the nose) with mucus
Derived Forms
congestible, adjective
congestive, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin congestus pressed together, from congerere to assemble; see congeries
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Word Origin and History for congested

1570s, "heaped up," past participle adjective from congest. Meaning "overcrowded" is recorded from 1862.



early 15c., "to bring together" (transitive), from Latin congestus, past participle of congerere "to bring together, pile up," from com- "together" (see com-) + gerere "to carry, perform" (see gest). Medical sense of "unnatural accumulation" (1758) led to transferred (intransitive) sense of "overcrowd" (1859). Related: Congested; congesting.

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congested in Medicine

congested con·gest·ed (kən-jěs'tĭd)
Affected with or characterized by congestion.

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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