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participate

[pahr-tis-uh-peyt] /pɑrˈtɪs əˌpeɪt/
verb (used without object), participated, participating.
1.
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.
2.
Archaic. to take or have a part or share in; partake in; share.
Origin of participate
1525-1535
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
participatory
[pahr-tis-uh-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pɑrˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unparticipated, adjective
unparticipating, adjective
unparticipative, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See share1.
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Examples from the Web for participated
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  • The smiles which surrounded him were of his own creation, and he participated in the happiness he had bestowed.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • This war was participated in by no less than seventy-seven cities on the part of the League.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • He reproached himself for the death of the girl as for a crime in which he had participated.

  • Not one of those who participated in it can forget it to his dying day.

    Adrift on the Pacific Edward S. Ellis
  • He participated in every phase of school life and was devoted to athletics.

British Dictionary definitions for participated

participate

/pɑːˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt/
verb
1.
(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

participate

v.

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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