Definition of congested in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈjestəd/


1Blocked up with or too full of something, in particular.
Example sentences
  • The teacher stood up from his congested desk full of paperwork and gulped a bit.
  • The external surface was smooth and congested.
  • This lets carriers route around congested hot spots and make better use of available bandwidth.
1.1(Of a road or place) so crowded with traffic or people as to hinder freedom of movement: one of the most congested airports in the world the streets are often heavily congested with traffic
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  • Many of them said there was no reason to wear a seat belt because most of the streets in the city were so congested with traffic.
  • The traffic snarls and congested roads near schools hardly mattered for motorists, as they welcomed them with warm smiles and long grins.
  • Then the widened roads become congested with traffic again, sometimes immediately.
crowded, overcrowded, full, overflowing, packed, jammed, thronged, teeming, swarming;
obstructed, blocked, clogged, choked
informal snarled up, gridlocked, jam-packed
1.2(Of the respiratory tract) blocked with mucus so as to hinder breathing: his nose was congested
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  • On the other hand, bronchodilator inhalers that open congested airways are a big part of asthma treatment, though they aren't used to treat allergies.
  • The symptoms include itchy eyes, sneezing, and congested nostrils.
  • Also, some mind-body practitioners believe a congested throat may signal that you're not expressing your feelings.
1.3(Of a part of the body) abnormally full of blood: congested arteries
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  • The stroma of the papillary fronds consisted of loose fibrous tissue with abundant, thin-walled, congested blood vessels.
  • He described that the leeches were placed on the body and would clear out blood and congested fluids.
  • It is used to treat delayed menses and congested blood (especially in the lower pelvic cavity) and abdominal pains.


Mid 19th century: past participle of congest, from Latin congest- 'heaped up', from the verb congerere, from con- 'together' + gerere 'bring'.

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Syllabification: con·gest·ed

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