Definition of congregate in English:


Syllabification: con·gre·gate


Pronunciation: /ˈkäNGgrəˌgāt
[no object]
  • Gather into a crowd or mass: some 4000 demonstrators had congregated at a border point
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    • 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.


Pronunciation: /-gət, -ˌgāt
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  • Communal: nursing homes and adult congregate living facilities
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    • 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.


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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