Definition of congregate in English:



  • Gather into a crowd or mass:

    ‘some 4,000 demonstrators had congregated at a border point’
    • ‘Members of the public said they had been scared and felt intimidated because of the large numbers of youths congregating near their homes.’
    • ‘Since the smoking ban has been introduced the sight of people congregating around the entrance to a licensed premises has become commonplace.’
    • ‘The initiative was a result of on-going problems in the town's car parks, where homeless people have been congregating in stairwells and upper levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crowd had congregated in the street during the evening and had been drinking outside due to the warm weather.’
    • ‘Residents want police to use their new powers to stop the youths from congregating on the estate and causing criminal damage.’
    • ‘Troublemakers have been congregating in Gilbert's Alley and causing problems at the town council meeting rooms.’
    • ‘He is also banned from congregating with certain individuals.’
    • ‘The frost melted every end-of-term however, as the whole school congregated in the assembly hall to watch a film.’
    • ‘Every year police are called out to reports of children smashing windows, climbing on roofs or congregating on school sites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As she neared the Village Square, she saw a crowd of people congregated there.’
    • ‘A crowd congregated to pay tribute to his many his sacrifices to the Kingdom.’
    • ‘There was a mass of people congregating around the fountain, all dressed in smart suits or dazzling gowns.’
    • ‘Walking down the street on the Saturday, he noticed a large group of people congregating outside a hotel.’
    • ‘The very fact that they are congregating in a manner which the police suspect may cause fear and nuisance to the general public is enough.’
    • ‘There are fears that policing the ban will be difficult and it could lead to groups of people congregating in the street to have a cigarette.’
    • ‘Youths have been congregating in these areas of South Woodham following the dispersal order that covers the town centre.’
    • ‘But local police officers say removing the benches would stop troublemakers from congregating there.’
    • ‘After lunch at my family's home, we had a hard time leaving because a mass of people had congregated outside.’
    assemble, gather, collect, come together, flock together, get together, convene, rally, rendezvous, muster, meet, amass, crowd, cluster, throng, group
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Late Middle English: from Latin congregat- collected (into a flock), united, from the verb congregare, from con- together + gregare (from grex, greg- a flock).