- 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 refugeesMore example sentences
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 upBritish • informal like Piccadilly Circus
- 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.
- 2(Of a part of the body) abnormally full of blood: congested arteriesMore example sentences
- 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 congestedMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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'.