- to collect together in a body or crowd; assemble
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to come together in a body;
collect:The crowd congregated around him as he began his speech.
- to come together;
assemble, esp. in large numbers:People waiting for rooms congregated in the hotel lobby.
- to bring together in a crowd, body, or mass;
- formed by collecting;
- Latin congregātus (past participle of congregāre to flock together), equivalent. to con- con- + greg- (stem of grex) flock + -ātus -ate1
- Middle English (adjective, adjectival) 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gather, collect, throng, cluster.