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participate

[pahr-tis-uh-peyt]
verb (used without object), par·tic·i·pat·ed, par·tic·i·pat·ing.
  1. 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.
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verb (used with object), par·tic·i·pat·ed, par·tic·i·pat·ing.
  1. Archaic. to take or have a part or share in; partake in; share.
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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
Related formspar·tic·i·pat·ing·ly, adverbpar·tic·i·pa·tive, adjectivepar·tic·i·pa·tive·ly, adverbpar·tic·i·pa·tor, nounpar·tic·i·pa·to·ry [pahr-tis-uh-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pɑrˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·par·tic·i·pat·ed, adjectiveun·par·tic·i·pat·ing, adjectiveun·par·tic·i·pa·tive, adjective

Synonym study

1. See share1.
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for participates

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Historical Examples

  • And there is reason in the Athenians calling that estia which participates in ousia.

  • Every state, whatever it be, participates in the divine essence.

  • Thus, that which participates in beauty was a shape; but beauty itself has none.

  • That side which receives the light from the sun, participates also of the colour of that.

    A Treatise on Painting

    Leonardo Da Vinci

  • So she participates in vice to the best of her knowledge and belief.

    Curly

    Roger Pocock


British Dictionary definitions for participates

participate

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

Word Origin

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

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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