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participate

[pahr-tis-uh-peyt]
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verb (used without object), par·tic·i·pat·ed, par·tic·i·pat·ing.
  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), par·tic·i·pat·ed, par·tic·i·pat·ing.
  1. 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 formspar·tic·i·pat·ing·ly, adverbpar·tic·i·pa·tive, adjectivepar·tic·i·pa·tive·ly, adverbpar·tic·i·pa·tor, nounpar·tic·i·pa·to·ry [pahr-tis-uh-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pɑrˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·par·tic·i·pat·ed, adjectiveun·par·tic·i·pat·ing, adjectiveun·par·tic·i·pa·tive, adjective

Synonym study

1. See share1.
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  • That the local authorities of the Government are cognisant, and participatory in this system.

    The Crime of the Congo

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for participatory

participate

verb
  1. (intr often foll by in) to take part, be or become actively involved, or share (in)
Derived Formsparticipant, adjective, nounparticipation, nounparticipator, nounparticipatory, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin participāre, from pars part + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for participatory

adj.

1833, from participate + -ory. Participatory democracy attested from 1965, a term from student protests.

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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