Definition of group in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡro͞op/


[treated as singular or plural]
1A number of people or things that are located close together or are considered or classed together: these bodies fall into four distinct groups
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  • He also feared for the safety of other pupils when the boy ran towards a group leaving the class, on May 17 last year.
  • The sheets would be cut to approximate size, then they would be gathered into groups of three or four, folded in half and trimmed to the correct size.
  • The extent of this clustering was similar in all four social class groups.
category, class, classification, grouping, set, lot, batch, bracket, type, sort, kind, variety, family, species, genus, breed;
grade, grading, rank, status
crowd, party, body, band, company, gathering, congregation, assembly, collection, cluster, flock, pack, troop, gang
informal bunch, pile
cluster, knot, collection, mass, clump
1.1A number of people who work together or share certain beliefs: I now belong to my local drama group
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  • Money left over is to go towards a new parish council noticeboard and the remainder will be shared among local groups.
  • We need to form a progressive coalition that includes the religious groups sharing our morality.
  • Both groups come together to share workshops, intensive training and performances.
faction, division, section, clique, coterie, circle, set, ring, camp, bloc, caucus, cabal, fringe movement, splinter group
1.2A commercial organization consisting of several companies under common ownership.
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  • We start with a joint session between the contracts and commercial law groups.
  • Commercial groups or individuals will continue to pay for the use of the facility as before.
  • Many official bodies and commercial groups regard stickers and pasted posters as closely related to graffiti.
1.3A number of musicians who play popular music together.
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  • Rock'n'roll groups appeared on bills along with trad groups and pop singers - even some modern jazz made it into the charts.
  • Robert is joined by Vincent Courtois on cello and Cyril Atef on drums in a chamber jazz group of the highest order.
  • It is yet another landmark in the career of one of soul music's greatest groups.
band, ensemble, act
informal combo, outfit
1.4 Military A unit of the US Air Force, consisting of two or more squadrons.
1.5 Military A unit of the US Army, consisting of two or more battalions.
1.6 Art Two or more figures or objects forming a design.
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  • His most characteristic works were figures or groups of a historical, literary, allegorical, or symbolic nature.
  • A still greater number have copied the busts and limbs and the groups of Greek art.
1.7 Chemistry A set of elements occupying a column in the periodic table and having broadly similar properties arising from their similar electronic structure.
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  • Ramsay realized that argon and helium might be members of a hitherto unsuspected new group in the Periodic Table.
1.8 Chemistry A combination of atoms having a recognizable identity in a number of compounds.
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  • Solitary lines are from the fatty acid terminal methyl groups, triglyceride backbone carbons, and carboxyl carbons.
  • Glycerol is a polyhydroxy alcohol containing three carbon atoms and three hydroxyl groups.
  • This messenger in turn activates a so-called kinase, an enzyme that attaches phosphate groups to other proteins.
1.9 Mathematics A set of elements, together with an associative binary operation, that contains an inverse for each element and an identity element.
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  • Netto made major steps towards abstract group theory when he combined permutation group results and groups in number theory.
  • One of the areas which his work took him into was infinite permutation groups.
  • He was the first to give a proof that the Galois group is closed under multiplication.
1.10 Geology A stratigraphic division consisting of two or more formations.


[with object]
1Put together or place in a group or groups: three wooden chairs were grouped around a dining table
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  • But we have interaccountability by grouping people together in teams, so that we have people watching each other and making sure that we hold each other accountable.
  • I'm going to try to group a team together, so if you are interested in taking part leave a message in the comments below or email me.
  • The evening session was more lively with the Club conducting a competition for the children, who were grouped into three teams.
place, arrange, assemble, organize, range, line up, dispose
1.1Put into categories; classify: we group them into species merely as a convenience
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  • Photographs featured on the web site are grouped into seven categories - as are the albums.
  • Furthest away are other science disciplines that would be grouped in different broad categories from psychology, like physics and chemistry.
  • Eleven manufacturers who received five to seven nominations were grouped into Category 1.
categorize, classify, class, catalog, sort, bracket, pigeonhole, grade, rate, rank;
prioritize, triage
1.2 [no object] Form a group or groups: many growers began to group together to form cooperatives
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  • They are often found in groups of hundreds or thousands, flying in long lines or grouped tightly together on the water.
  • Several labor organizations have grouped together to pledge to use their workers' rights to take the day off on the upcoming World Labor Day on May 1.
  • But the idea now being looked at involves different organisations in the centre grouping together to pay for a guard to patrol the walkways of the centre.
unite, join together/up, team up, gang up, join forces, get together, ally, form an alliance, affiliate, combine, marry, merge, pool resources;
collaborate, work together, pull together, cooperate


Late 17th century: from French groupe, from Italian gruppo, of Germanic origin; related to crop.

  • crop from Old English:

    From around ad 700 to the late 18th century crop, related to group (late 17th century), had a sense ‘flower head, ear of corn’, which gave rise to the main modern meaning ‘a cultivated plant grown on a large scale’ and also to senses referring to the top of something, such as the verb uses ‘to cut very short’ or ‘to bite off and eat the tops of plants’. The sense ‘a very short hairstyle’ goes back to the late 18th century but is particularly associated with the 1920s, when the Eton crop, reminiscent of the style then worn at the English public school Eton, was fashionable for young women.

    To come a cropper is to suffer a defeat or disaster. The origin of the phrase may be the 19th-century hunting slang term ‘cropper’, meaning ‘a heavy fall’. Cropper probably came from neck and crop, an expression meaning ‘completely or thoroughly’ and originally used in the context of a horse falling to the ground. Crop here referred either to the rider's whip (originally the top part of a whip) or the horse's hindquarters. This sense is found in Old French croupe ‘rump’, which appears as croup in Middle English, and is the source of the crupper (Middle English), the bit of harness that goes from the saddle under the horse's tail, and which lies behind the word croupier (early 18th century). In early use, this was a term for a person standing behind a gambler to give advice, adopted from French, cropier ‘pillion rider, rider on the croup’.

Words that rhyme with group

bloop, cock-a-hoop, coop, croup, droop, drupe, dupe, goop, Guadeloupe, hoop, loop, poop, recoup, roup, scoop, sloop, snoop, soup, stoep, stoop, stoup, stupe, swoop, troop, troupe, whoop

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