- 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.
- Archaic. to take or have a part or share in; partake in; share.
Origin of participate
- (intr often foll by in) to take part, be or become actively involved, or share (in)
Word Origin for participate
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.