[ pahr-tis-uh-peyt ]
See synonyms for: participateparticipatedparticipatingparticipator on

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.

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.

Origin of participate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin participātus “shared,” past participle of participāre “to share,” equivalent to particip- (stem of particeps ) “taking part, partner” (see participle) + -āre, verb suffix

synonym study For participate

1. See share1.

Other words from participate

  • par·tic·i·pat·ing·ly, adverb
  • par·tic·i·pa·tive, adjective
  • par·tic·i·pa·tive·ly, adverb
  • par·tic·i·pa·tor, noun
  • par·tic·i·pa·to·ry [pahr-tis-uh-puh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /pɑrˈtɪs ə pəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
  • un·par·tic·i·pat·ed, adjective
  • un·par·tic·i·pat·ing, adjective
  • un·par·tic·i·pa·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use participate in a sentence

  • A man, under certain circumstances, shall not be heard in the detection of a crime, because he has not been a participator of it!

    Caleb Williams | William Godwin
  • Already in Kaweah Colony in California, woman is an equal participator in the administration of affairs.

    The Arena | Various
  • He had been so long a spectator of these partings that he could not grasp the fact that he was himself a participator in them.

    The Loom of Youth | Alec Waugh
  • God is truth; and he who is most faithful to truth is not only likest to God, but is made a participator in the divine nature.

  • The marks of his bare feet proved conclusively that he had been, in whatever capacity, an active participator in the struggle.

    The Four Pools Mystery | Jean Webster

British Dictionary definitions for participate


/ (pɑːˈtɪsɪˌpeɪt) /

  1. (intr often foll by in) to take part, be or become actively involved, or share (in)

Origin of participate

C16: from Latin participāre, from pars part + capere to take

Derived forms of participate

  • participant, adjective, noun
  • participation, noun
  • participator, noun
  • participatory, adjective

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