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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
Synonym Study
1. See share1. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for participator
Historical Examples
  • The prophet makes God himself a participator in the crime, if that be one.

  • Do you not fear that your consent will make you a participator in their guilt?

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • Your Majesty has made me a participator in the breaking of your word.

  • He is not merely a spectator of the panorama of Nature, but a participator in it.

    The Road and the Roadside Burton Willis Potter
  • I was not only a spectator but a participator in what I have been describing.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • I could not be a participator with you, because I believed you to be in the wrong.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • Gradually, as she grew older, she settled into the patient single-woman position as assister at feasts, instead of participator.

    Pembroke Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • It was droll to think that Fletcher should be in a manner his confidant, the only participator in his woes.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • If the duke were tampering with the loyalty of the troops, what need of proof that he was in any sense a participator in the plot?

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Have I not a right to share your griefs, for have I not made you a participator in mine?

British Dictionary definitions for participator


(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 participator



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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