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[pahr-tis-uh-peyt] /pɑrˈtɪs əˌpeɪt/
verb (used without object), participated, participating.
to take or have a part or share, as with others; partake; share (usually followed by in):
to participate in profits; to participate in a play.
verb (used with object), participated, participating.
Archaic. to take or have a part or share in; partake in; share.
Origin of participate
1525-35; < Latin participātus (past participle of participāre to share), equivalent to particip- (stem of particeps) taking part, partner (see participle) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
participatingly, adverb
participative, adjective
participatively, adverb
participator, noun
[pahr-tis-uh-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pɑrˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unparticipated, adjective
unparticipating, adjective
unparticipative, adjective
1. See share1 . Unabridged
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  • This time it was the clergyman who had participated in the conference.

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  • The smiles which surrounded him were of his own creation, and he participated in the happiness he had bestowed.

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  • Consciousness (conscientia) is participated knowledge, is co-feeling, and co-feeling is com-passion.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • This war was participated in by no less than seventy-seven cities on the part of the League.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • Nearly every regiment of cavalry which had participated in the misfortunes of the campaign, had suffered a like decimation.

British Dictionary definitions for participated


(intransitive) often foll by in. to take part, be or become actively involved, or share (in)
Derived Forms
participant, adjective, noun
participation, noun
participator, noun
participatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin participāre, from parspart + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for participated



1530s, back-formation from participation, or else from Latin participatus, past participle of participare "to share, share in, participate in; to impart," from particeps "partaking, sharing," from parti, past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (n.)) + -cip-, weak form of stem of capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Participated; participating.

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