[verb kong-gri-geyt; adjective kong-gri-git, -geyt]

verb (used without object), con·gre·gat·ed, con·gre·gat·ing.

to come together; assemble, especially in large numbers: People waiting for rooms congregated in the hotel lobby.

verb (used with object), con·gre·gat·ed, con·gre·gat·ing.

to bring together in a crowd, body, or mass; assemble; collect.


congregated; assembled.
formed by collecting; collective.

Nearby words

  1. congratulate,
  2. congratulation,
  3. congratulations,
  4. congratulatory,
  5. congregant,
  6. congregate housing,
  7. congregation,
  8. congregational,
  9. congregational church,
  10. congregationalism

Origin of congregate

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin congregātus (past participle of congregāre to flock together), equivalent to con- con- + greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for congregate


verb (ˈkɒŋɡrɪˌɡeɪt)

to collect together in a body or crowd; assemble

adjective (ˈkɒŋɡrɪɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)

collected together; assembled
relating to collecting; collective
Derived Formscongregative, adjectivecongregativeness, nouncongregator, noun

Word Origin for congregate

C15: from Latin congregāre to collect into a flock, from grex flock

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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.

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