WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object) 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. verb (used without object) to become congested: His throat congested with phlegm. Origin of congest 1530–40;
(past participle of
), equivalent to
(variant stem of
past participle suffix
Related forms con·gest·i·ble, adjective con·ges·tive, adjective non·con·ges·tive, adjective pre·con·gest·ed, adjective pre·con·ges·tive, adjective su·per·con·gest·ed, adjective un·con·gest·ed, adjective un·con·ges·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for congestible verb 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 Derived Forms congestible, adjective congestive, adjective Word Origin for congest
C16: from Latin
congestus pressed together, from congerere to assemble; see congeries
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Word Origin and History for congestible v.
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.
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v. To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in a vessel or an organ.
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