[ kuhn-jest ]
/ kənˈdʒɛst /
verb (used with object)
to fill to excess; overcrowd or overburden; clog: The subway entrance was so congested that no one could move.
Pathology. to cause an unnatural accumulation of blood or other fluid in (a body part or blood vessel): The cold congested her sinuses.
Obsolete. to heap together.
verb (used without object)
to become congested: His throat congested with phlegm.
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Origin of congest
OTHER WORDS FROM congest
con·gest·i·ble, adjectivecon·ges·tive, adjectivenon·con·ges·tive, adjectivepre·con·gest·ed, adjective
pre·con·ges·tive, adjectivesu·per·con·gest·ed, adjectiveun·con·gest·ed, adjectiveun·con·ges·tive, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for congest
At the close of the Civil War, more than a million soldiers were discharged to seek new homes in an uncongested area.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for congest
/ (kənˈdʒɛst) /
to crowd or become crowded to excess; overfill
to overload or clog (an organ or part) with blood or (of an organ or part) to become overloaded or clogged with blood
(tr; usually passive) to block (the nose) with mucus
Derived forms of congestcongestible, adjectivecongestive, adjective
Word Origin for congest
C16: from Latin congestus pressed together, from congerere to assemble; see congeries
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Medical definitions for congest
[ kən-jĕst′ ]
To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in a vessel or an organ.
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