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congregate

[v. kong-gri-geyt; adj. kong-gri-git, -geyt] /v. ˈkɒŋ grɪˌgeɪt; adj. ˈkɒŋ grɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), congregated, congregating.
1.
to come together; assemble, especially in large numbers:
People waiting for rooms congregated in the hotel lobby.
verb (used with object), congregated, congregating.
2.
to bring together in a crowd, body, or mass; assemble; collect.
adjective
3.
congregated; assembled.
4.
formed by collecting; collective.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. gather, collect, throng, cluster.
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British Dictionary definitions for un congregated

congregate

verb (ˈkɒŋɡrɪˌɡeɪt)
1.
to collect together in a body or crowd; assemble
adjective (ˈkɒŋɡrɪɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
2.
collected together; assembled
3.
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 un congregated

congregate

v.

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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