participate [pahr- tis- uh-peyt] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used without object), par·tic·i·pat·ed, par·tic·i·pat·ing. 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. . Archaic to take or have a part or share in; partake in; share. Origin of participate 1525–35;
(past participle of
“to share”), equivalent to
) “taking part, partner” (see
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms par·tic·i·pat·ing·ly, adverb par·tic·i·pa·tive, adjective par·tic·i·pa·tive·ly, adverb par·tic·i·pa·tor, noun par·tic·i·pa·to·ry , [pahr- tis- uh-p uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pɑrˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective un·par·tic·i·pat·ed, adjective un·par·tic·i·pat·ing, adjective un·par·tic·i·pa·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unparticipative ( intr 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 pars part + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for unparticipative 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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