- 1Blocked up with or too full of something, in particular.More 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 trafficMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2(Of the respiratory tract) blocked with mucus so as to hinder breathing: his nose was congestedMore example sentences
- 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 arteriesMore example sentences
- 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'.