Definition of group in English:


Syllabification: group
Pronunciation: /gro͞op


[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, statuscrowd, 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.


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  • 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.
  • 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.

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