Definition of congregate in English:

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congregate

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈkäNGɡrəˌɡāt/
[no object]
Gather into a crowd or mass: some 4000 demonstrators had congregated at a border point
More example sentences
  • He said the rank at the moment has to deal with too many taxis and has become a hot-spot for trouble because of crowds congregating there at night.
  • The crowd had congregated in the street during the evening and had been drinking outside due to the warm weather.
  • Their trial had the people of south Wales holding their breath, with a 5,000 strong crowd congregating outside the court on the first day.
Synonyms

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈkäNGɡrəˌɡət/
Communal: nursing homes and adult congregate living facilities
More example sentences
  • The failures of congregate wet-nursing and the high cost of private commercial arrangements encouraged the search for alternatives.
  • He stated they have developed a product type with these senior apartment communities that are about a third larger than a congregate care unit and roughly half the monthly rent you would pay for congregate care monthly rental.
  • We describe the goals, development, operation, and outcomes of an intergenerational programmatic relationship between a private comprehensive college and a congregate facility that houses both independent-living apartments and assisted living for older adults.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin congregat- 'collected (into a flock), united', from the verb congregare, from con- 'together' + gregare (from grex, greg- 'a flock').

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  • The Latin word for a herd or flock was grex, giving congregare, meaning ‘to collect into a herd or flock, to unite’. Gregarious (mid 17th century), meaning ‘fond of company’, is also descended from grex, as are aggregate (Late Middle English) ‘herd together’; egregious (mid 16th century) ‘standing out from the herd’ and originally complimentary; and segregation (mid 16th century) ‘set apart from the herd’.

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Syllabification: con·gre·gate

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