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[v. kong-gri-geyt; adj. kong-gri-git, -geyt] /v. ˈkɒŋ grɪˌgeɪt; adj. ˈkɒŋ grɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), congregated, congregating.
to come together; assemble, especially in large numbers:
People waiting for rooms congregated in the hotel lobby.
verb (used with object), congregated, congregating.
to bring together in a crowd, body, or mass; assemble; collect.
congregated; assembled.
formed by collecting; collective.
Origin of congregate
1350-1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin congregātus (past participle of congregāre to flock together), equivalent to con- con- + greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
congregative, adjective
congregativeness, noun
congregator, noun
decongregate, verb, decongregated, decongregating.
noncongregative, adjective
uncongregated, adjective
uncongregative, adjective
1. gather, collect, throng, cluster. Unabridged
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  • Graduate students, who used to congregate in a lounge and the hallways outside the chairman's office, haven't been around since.
  • Fish ripple out as the water rises and congregate as it falls, providing food for wading birds such as the wood stork.
  • In a similar way, the protogalaxies would then merge to form galaxies, and the galaxies would congregate into galaxy clusters.
  • They congregate on the far side, running back and forth, crowding along the bank.
  • The butcher shop, bakery and deli in the back is where serious shoppers congregate.
  • Grizzly bears are by nature solitary, but do congregate at salmon-filled streams in the summertime.
  • Parishioners congregate under this imposing hollow structure, without a single column in sight.
  • Here congregate the village gossips, who justify their presence by an occasional turn at the bellows.
  • Then when our esteemed elected leaders congregate they have an amount that is available and that is it.
  • Some locusts are solitary insects, while some congregate into thick, ravenous swarms.
British Dictionary definitions for congregate


verb (ˈkɒŋɡrɪˌɡeɪt)
to collect together in a body or crowd; assemble
adjective (ˈkɒŋɡrɪɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
collected together; assembled
relating to collecting; collective
Derived Forms
congregative, adjective
congregativeness, noun
congregator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin congregāre to collect into a flock, from grex flock
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Word Origin and History for congregate

mid-15c., from Latin congregatus "flocking together," past participle of congregare "to herd together, collect in a flock, swarm; assemble," from com- "together" (see com-) + gregare "to collect into a flock, gather," from grex (genitive gregis) "a flock" (see gregarious). Related: Congregated; congregating.

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