Definition of congested in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈdʒɛstɪd/


1(Of a road or place) so crowded with traffic or people as to hinder or prevent freedom of movement: the congested streets of the West End the road was congested with refugees
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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, overfull, overflowing, full to overflowing/bursting, crammed full, cram-full, thronged, packed, jammed, teeming, swarming, overloaded;
obstructed, impeded, blocked (up), clogged, choked, plugged, stopped up
informal snarled up, gridlocked, jam-packed
British informal like Piccadilly Circus
2(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.
2.1(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.



Pronunciation: /kənˈdʒɛst/
Example sentences
  • They fill passing lanes, congest the middle of the park and provide a much needed safety blanket.
  • It is ludicrous to have practically empty vehicles belching out fumes and congesting our streets all day, all year.
  • This would further congest the outer ring road, it was suggested.


Late Middle English (as congest in the sense 'heap up, accumulate'): from Latin congerere 'heap up', from con- 'together' + gerere 'bring'.

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