- to come together; assemble, especially in large numbers: People waiting for rooms congregated in the hotel lobby.
- to bring together in a crowd, body, or mass; assemble; collect.
- congregated; assembled.
- formed by collecting; collective.
Origin of congregate
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Related Wordsthrong, gather, converge, swarm, flock, teem, raise, besiege, muster, rendezvous, corral, rally, collect, convoke, concentrate, mass, convene, meet, pack, forgather
Examples from the Web for congregate
A few children, settler children, congregate near what appears to have been the bus station.Inside Hebron, Israel’s Heart of Darkness
November 21, 2014
During the Iranian iteration, one event allowed customers to congregate with a local dining in Iran.Eating With The Enemy: Conflict Kitchen’s Political Cuisine
July 30, 2014
An NYPD official says an AP reporter called to ask where people of Chechen descent might congregate in New York City.NYPD on the Real ‘Enemies Within’: Going Undercover With Jihadis
September 9, 2013
Yet in the film, the dwarves, hobbit and wizard all congregate to a single tree that remains untouched by the fire.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie
December 14, 2012
Dingoes tend to spend the majority of their time alone; however they congregate in packs during mating season.Pets or Predators? 10 Things About Australia’s Famous Dog, the Dingo
June 13, 2012
It was after sunrise when they reached the ledge where codfish most do congregate.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
These are the places where the champions most do congregate and hold forth.
There have been inns like the "Castle" where the "quality" loved to congregate.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
There was no help for it, and men and women had to congregate in these barns together.Auld Licht Idylls
J. M. Barrie
The villa is the spot where good and honest men love to congregate.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
- to collect together in a body or crowd; assemble
- collected together; assembled
- relating to collecting; collective
Word Origin and History for congregate
mid-15c., from Latin congregatus "flocking together," past participle of congregare "to herd together, collect in a flock, swarm; assemble," from com- "together" (see com-) + gregare "to collect into a flock, gather," from grex (genitive gregis) "a flock" (see gregarious). Related: Congregated; congregating.