- 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 congested
Just feet away, in a well-organized but congested bedroom, crates and terrariums and other enclosures stack from floor to ceiling.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry
May 19, 2014
The Scotland of India By Tunku Varadarajan India has become known for the congested traffic and crowds of the cities.The Best of the Beast, March 23-29
March 30, 2014
India has become known for the congested traffic and crowds of the cities.Lush Places: The Scotland of India
March 25, 2014
Election Day is a holiday in Israel and, across the country roads to popular touring sites were congested.No Great Enthusiasm for Benjamin Netanyahu Reelection
January 22, 2013
“The road should not be called a highway because I only moved three miles in an hour in the most congested section,” he said.China’s Massive Holiday Traffic Mess
October 2, 2012
Take the boats, nets, and so on, given to the congested districts.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
In repose, his congested face had a humorously melancholy expression.
The thick, congested mate seemed on the point of bursting with despondency.
A dozen playgrounds will be laid out in the congested districts.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
In the congested districts it seems to be everyone for himself.Old Rail Fence Corners
- crowded to excess; overfull
- (of an organ or part) loaded or clogged with blood
- (of the nose) blocked with mucus
- 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 congested
1570s, "heaped up," past participle adjective from congest. Meaning "overcrowded" is recorded from 1862.
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.
- Affected with or characterized by congestion.
- To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in a vessel or an organ.