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participate

[ pahr-tis-uh-peyt ]
/ pɑrˈtɪs əˌpeɪt /
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verb (used without object), par·tic·i·pat·ed, par·tic·i·pat·ing.

to take or have a part or share, as with others; partake; share (usually followed by in): to participate in profits; to participate in a play.

verb (used with object), par·tic·i·pat·ed, par·tic·i·pat·ing.

Archaic. to take or have a part or share in; partake in; share.

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Nearby words

participable, participaction, participance, participant, participant observation, participate, participating insurance, participating preferred, participation, participative, participatory

Origin of participate

1525–35; < Latin participātus (past participle of participāre “to share”), equivalent to particip- (stem of particeps) “taking part, partner” (see participle) + -ātus -ate1
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1. See share1.
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British Dictionary definitions for participate

participate

/ (pɑːˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt) /

verb

(intr often foll by in) to take part, be or become actively involved, or share (in)
Derived Formsparticipant, adjective, nounparticipation, nounparticipator, nounparticipatory, adjective

Word Origin for participate

C16: from Latin participāre, from pars part + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for participate

participate


v.

1530s, back-formation from participation, or else from Latin participatus, past participle of participare "to share, share in, participate in; to impart," from particeps "partaking, sharing," from parti, past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (n.)) + -cip-, weak form of stem of capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Participated; participating.

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