[ kuh n-jest ]
/ kənˈdʒɛst /

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.

Nearby words

  1. congenital syphilis,
  2. congenital total lipodystrophy,
  3. congenital valve,
  4. conger,
  5. congeries,
  6. congested,
  7. congestion,
  8. congestion charging,
  9. congestive,
  10. congestive heart failure

Origin of congest

1530–40; < Latin congestus (past participle of congerere; see congeries), equivalent to con- con- + ges- (variant stem of gerere) + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for congestive


/ (kənˈdʒɛst) /


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 Formscongestible, adjectivecongestive, 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 congestive
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Medicine definitions for congestive


[ kən-jĕstĭv ]


Of or characterized by congestion.


[ kən-jĕst ]


To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in a vessel or an organ.

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