- to fill to excess; overcrowd or overburden; clog: The subway entrance was so congested that no one could move.
- Pathology. to cause an unnatural accumulation of blood or other fluid in (a body part or blood vessel): The cold congested her sinuses.
- Obsolete. to heap together.
- to become congested: His throat congested with phlegm.
Origin of congest
Examples from the Web for congest
The effect of alcohol on the brain of an adult is to congest it finally.Remarks
Congest′ed, affected with an unnatural accumulation of blood: overcrowded; Congest′ible.
They seem to congest in the cities because the cities are necessarily their places of first arrival.Races and Immigrants in America
John R. Commons
In such cases and the countless others that congest the lists of the lower courts arguments of fact must be made.The Making of Arguments
J. H. Gardiner
The contents of a hundred Primers rose higgledy-piggledy, to congest his mind and memory.The Promise of Air
- to crowd or become crowded to excess; overfill
- to overload or clog (an organ or part) with blood or (of an organ or part) to become overloaded or clogged with blood
- (tr; usually passive) to block (the nose) with mucus
Word Origin and History for congest
early 15c., "to bring together" (transitive), from Latin congestus, past participle of congerere "to bring together, pile up," from com- "together" (see com-) + gerere "to carry, perform" (see gest). Medical sense of "unnatural accumulation" (1758) led to transferred (intransitive) sense of "overcrowd" (1859). Related: Congested; congesting.
- To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in a vessel or an organ.