congest

[ 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.

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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

congest
/ (kənˈdʒɛst) /

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 of congest

congestible, adjectivecongestive, adjective

Word Origin for congest

C16: from Latin congestus pressed together, from congerere to assemble; see congeries
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Medical definitions for congestive (1 of 2)

congestive
[ kən-jĕstĭv ]

adj.

Of or characterized by congestion.

Medical definitions for congestive (2 of 2)

congest
[ kən-jĕst ]

v.

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