WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•gre•gate /ˈkɑŋgrɪˌgeɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -gat•ed, -gat•ing. 
  1. to come together in a body;
    collect:The crowd congregated around him as he began his speech.
con•gre•ga•tor, n. [countable]See -greg-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•gre•gate  (v. konggri gāt′;adj. konggri git, -gāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -gat•ed, -gat•ing, adj. 
v.i. 
  1. to come together;
    assemble, esp. in large numbers:People waiting for rooms congregated in the hotel lobby.

v.t. 
  1. to bring together in a crowd, body, or mass;
    assemble;
    collect.

adj. 
  1. congregated;
    assembled.
  2. formed by collecting;
    collective.
congre•ga′tive, adj. 
congre•ga′tive•ness, n. 
congre•ga′tor, n. 
  • 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.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

congregate vb /ˈkɒŋɡrɪˌɡeɪt/
  1. to collect together in a body or crowd; assemble
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin congregāre to collect into a flock, from grex flock



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