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participate

[pahr-tis-uh-peyt]
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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

play, engage, perform, share, cooperate, compete, aid, partake, concur, strive

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  • "It is a grand scene," said the father, participating in his daughter's vivid enjoyment.

    Eventide

    Effie Afton

  • "True," said Lucullus, participating in the sadness of the other.

  • Participating in its dynamics affects what I am able to see and describe.

  • I do not charge him with participating in the riot, although the mob were all his friends and partisans.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • Frank was standing over to one side, observing but not participating.

    Eight Keys to Eden

    Mark Irvin Clifton


British Dictionary definitions for participating

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 participating

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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