Definition of group in English:



  • 1treated as singular or plural A number of people or things that are located, gathered, or classed together.

    ‘a group of boys approached’
    ‘the bulbs should be planted in groups’
    • ‘I used to take yoga classes, and group fitness classes, but that has fallen by the way side for the moment.’
    • ‘He divided twenty-four of the plants into six initial groups of four, in order of size as estimated by eye.’
    • ‘One copy of this gene occurs in angiosperms, but two copies occur in the other four seed plant groups.’
    • ‘The sheets would be cut to approximate size, then they would be gathered into groups of three or four, folded in half and trimmed to the correct size.’
    • ‘The typical kind of call outs we are getting involve groups of youths gathering together.’
    • ‘Some walkers warned a group of four boys to get off the frozen river at Water End.’
    • ‘A group of maids had gathered together and were giggling and laughing over some unknown joke.’
    • ‘You go to classes all day long and take notes and participate in group discussions.’
    • ‘The location of a taxi rank in the centre of town would lead to trouble, with large groups of people gathering together.’
    • ‘They tend to gather in groups and take short flights out to sea and back in again, practising for their long journey back out onto the ocean.’
    • ‘To do this, push together chairs, stools and ottomans so small groups can gather.’
    • ‘Therefore tomato plants should be gathered in groups of 6 on either side of the front gate.’
    • ‘He also feared for the safety of other pupils when the boy ran towards a group leaving the class, on May 17 last year.’
    • ‘We stood on the corner of one of the back roads when we were approached by a group of young boys aged about 10 to 12.’
    • ‘This is the third year we have gathered together a group of friends to meet at Burke's Canoes in Forestville.’
    • ‘Stars are not scattered randomly through space, they are gathered together into vast groups known as galaxies.’
    • ‘The extent of this clustering was similar in all four social class groups.’
    • ‘As they approached the group of men gathered round her tents, she screamed in horror.’
    • ‘The four classes of protected groups are not defined, nor are criteria for their definition provided.’
    • ‘To find answers this programme gathered together a group of eminent people from a variety of backgrounds.’
    category, class, classification, grouping, set, lot, batch, bracket, type, sort, kind, variety, family, species, genus, breed, style
    crowd, band, company, party, body, gathering, congregation, assembly, collection, cluster, flock, pack, troop, gang, batch
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    1. 1.1 A number of people that work together or share certain beliefs.
      ‘I now belong to my local drama group’
      • ‘Aid organisations and campaign groups, however, were less enthusiastic.’
      • ‘Youth clubs, after-school groups and organisations such as Scouts and Guides would be among those to benefit.’
      • ‘Women were organised into groups and group leaders were appointed.’
      • ‘Posters and entry forms were distributed to all schools, community groups, businesses and commercial outlets.’
      • ‘Both groups come together to share workshops, intensive training and performances.’
      • ‘Somewhere along the middle of this continuum lies self help groups and organizations.’
      • ‘Money left over is to go towards a new parish council noticeboard and the remainder will be shared among local groups.’
      • ‘Reading circles resemble college seminar groups except they are organized by participants.’
      • ‘Ten minutes later, we were organized into groups, and sent outside into the inviting rain.’
      • ‘These were groups organized to write letters to the editors of newspapers.’
      • ‘When another publisher picked up the book and the controversy, feminist groups attempted to organise a boycott.’
      • ‘We hope people will join together with family and friends, clubs and organisations to form groups to raise the money.’
      • ‘For once the onus has not been placed solely on women's groups and non-governmental organisations.’
      • ‘I will certainly be contacting them and I hope to enlist the help of other disabled groups and organisations to protest against the ban.’
      • ‘Your efforts to include many groups and organisations are excellent.’
      • ‘A host of groups and organisations have pledged to continue their support to reach the new target.’
      • ‘They range from individual registrants to private organisations, community groups and schools.’
      • ‘It is small band of guerrillas without heavy artillery or any armor, organized in small groups.’
      • ‘The big unanswered question: who benefits from largesse - interest groups or the common voter?’
      • ‘We need to form a progressive coalition that includes the religious groups sharing our morality.’
      faction, division, section, clique, coterie, circle, set, ring, camp, bloc, caucus, cabal, junta, fringe movement, splinter group, minority group
      association, club, society, league, guild, circle, union, consortium, cooperative, partnership, syndicate
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    2. 1.2 A commercial organization consisting of several companies under common ownership.
      ‘the largest newspaper group in the UK’
      • ‘Far be it from me to encourage you to buy a newspaper produced by another group.’
      • ‘Many official bodies and commercial groups regard stickers and pasted posters as closely related to graffiti.’
      • ‘He pointed out that the group has a building contract and has also obtained planning permission.’
      • ‘The promotion is the first time Scotland's seven major newspaper publishing groups have collaborated on marketing.’
      • ‘The syndicate will allow groups to find large commercial units with multi tenancies in prime locations.’
      • ‘We start with a joint session between the contracts and commercial law groups.’
      • ‘Commercial groups or individuals will continue to pay for the use of the facility as before.’
      • ‘Some general practitioners have moved from group to chain ownership of practice premises.’
      association, club, society, league, guild, circle, union, consortium, cooperative, partnership, syndicate
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    3. 1.3 A number of musicians who play popular music together.
      ‘I've always been a fan of the guitarists in the group’
      • ‘One of the most influential British indie groups of recent years have announced they are to split.’
      • ‘The interaction between the rhythm section and the rest of the group is beauteous to behold.’
      • ‘Are they a natural conclusion to what the girl-led indie groups of the mid 90's didn't finish?’
      • ‘Space permits only a brief comparison here of the group singing of the Beatles and that of the girl groups.’
      • ‘Sharing the bill with The Beatles were the somewhat-overlooked group The Briarwoods.’
      • ‘They are imitating the complex dance steps and hand jives that the group perform in their videos.’
      • ‘The three groups represented on this album feature the ultimate in the sound and soul of brass band music.’
      • ‘Rock'n'roll groups appeared on bills along with trad groups and pop singers - even some modern jazz made it into the charts.’
      • ‘We're only influenced by two groups and that's the Beatles and the Stones.’
      • ‘American observers have noted this ethnic diversity in rap groups in France.’
      • ‘Well ya gotta hand it to this super group for hammering together a release to be proud of.’
      • ‘Just don't expect it to sound like his old indie group, or much else for that matter.’
      • ‘Robert is joined by Vincent Courtois on cello and Cyril Atef on drums in a chamber jazz group of the highest order.’
      • ‘Lonnie equips his quartet with the dynamics of a big band while retaining the intimacy of a small group.’
      • ‘Musically, the group captures a pressing sense of urgency devoid of anything trite or gimmicky.’
      • ‘The group put on a frantic performance during a set that stretched into the night.’
      • ‘It is yet another landmark in the career of one of soul music's greatest groups.’
      • ‘Now I know the purpose of this series is not to turn the two groups concerned against each other in some sonic battle royale.’
      • ‘On the evidence of this album, the group appear in complete and remarkable control of their art.’
      • ‘The album opens with the group's trademark sound in full effect.’
      musical group, pop group, ensemble, orchestra
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    4. 1.4Military A division of an air force, usually consisting of two or more stations.
    5. 1.5Art Two or more figures or objects forming a design.
      • ‘His most characteristic works were figures or groups of a historical, literary, allegorical, or symbolic nature.’
      • ‘A still greater number have copied the busts and limbs and the groups of Greek art.’
  • 2Chemistry
    treated as singular or plural A set of elements occupying a column in the periodic table and having broadly similar properties arising from their similar electronic structure.

    • ‘Ramsay realized that argon and helium might be members of a hitherto unsuspected new group in the Periodic Table.’
    1. 2.1 A combination of atoms having a recognizable identity in a number of compounds.
      ‘a methyl group’
      • ‘Polyatomic ions are groups of atoms that are positively or negatively charged.’
      • ‘Solitary lines are from the fatty acid terminal methyl groups, triglyceride backbone carbons, and carboxyl carbons.’
      • ‘In aliphatic chemistry this is carried out as a substitution of a hydrogen atom in a group.’
      • ‘Glycerol is a polyhydroxy alcohol containing three carbon atoms and three hydroxyl groups.’
      • ‘This messenger in turn activates a so-called kinase, an enzyme that attaches phosphate groups to other proteins.’
  • 3Mathematics
    treated as singular or plural A set of elements, together with an associative binary operation, which contains an inverse for each element and an identity element.

    • ‘One of the areas which his work took him into was infinite permutation groups.’
    • ‘He studied primitive permutation groups and proved a finiteness theorem.’
    • ‘He was the first to give a proof that the Galois group is closed under multiplication.’
    • ‘Although Galois had used groups extensively throughout his paper on equations, he had not given a definition.’
    • ‘Netto made major steps towards abstract group theory when he combined permutation group results and groups in number theory.’
  • 4Linguistics
    treated as singular or plural (in systemic grammar) a level of structure between clause and word, broadly corresponding to phrase in other grammars.

    • ‘You will be sure to find, in almost every line of print, at least one group of words that has an idiomatic feel to it.’
    • ‘The conventional belief is that speech is made up of individual words, whereas we really speak groups of words.’
    • ‘An acronym is a word group created in a similar way to an initialism but which is pronounced as a word.’


  • 1with object and adverbial Put in a group or groups.

    ‘three chairs were grouped around a table’
    • ‘The benches and chairs were grouped in a circle around them.’
    • ‘But we have interaccountability by grouping people together in teams, so that we have people watching each other and making sure that we hold each other accountable.’
    • ‘Some are grouped in ‘teams’ who compete to develop the most effective viruses.’
    • ‘Twenty kids are grouped in teams to test their smarts and skills against outlandish challenges.’
    • ‘The evening session was more lively with the Club conducting a competition for the children, who were grouped into three teams.’
    • ‘The eligible and ineligible skaters were grouped into teams, with skaters of both flavors on each team.’
    • ‘Apparently, all of the stocking stuffers are grouped on said tables, so I can find them more easily.’
    • ‘You will have noticed that the deck chairs in square formation are grouped around a table and underneath beach umbrellas.’
    • ‘There are eleven, grouped in two clusters of seven and three and one more isolated.’
    • ‘The participants were then grouped in twos, and sent to their new homes for the summer.’
    • ‘The works are grouped into five areas that examine cultural differences in the construction of time.’
    • ‘Everything small and breakable must come out, and big objects such as tables and sofas should be grouped together in the centre of the room and covered with dust sheets.’
    • ‘Police and security services are even grouped around every transport link, every city square, and any site of some nominal importance.’
    • ‘Soldiers were grouped into units of five, and if one fled in the war, the other four would be punished.’
    • ‘Dark leather chairs were grouped opposite her father's desk, and a dark burgundy oriental rug adorned the black walnut hardwood floor.’
    • ‘The blocks are grouped to form two central courtyards, one of which contains a swimming pool.’
    • ‘We took our places at the table and we were grouped with folks we'd never met before.’
    • ‘Units can be grouped to form larger social entities and common spaces.’
    • ‘I'm going to try to group a team together, so if you are interested in taking part leave a message in the comments below or email me.’
    • ‘The opposition forces were grouped around the Spanish aircraft carrier.’
    assemble, collect, gather together, mass, amass, cluster, clump, bunch
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    1. 1.1 Put into categories; classify.
      ‘molluscs are grouped into seven different classes’
      • ‘Photographs featured on the web site are grouped into seven categories - as are the albums.’
      • ‘As the cumbersome title suggests, the material is grouped under three rubrics.’
      • ‘The issue was, can the individual chromosomes be distinguished or only grouped into classes?’
      • ‘Eleven manufacturers who received five to seven nominations were grouped into Category 1.’
      • ‘These can be generally grouped into three categories: market research, market contacts and market promotion.’
      • ‘Clearly all of the issues grouped together under the heading of management learning are important.’
      • ‘The firefighters' fitness levels were grouped into six categories ranging from poor to excellent.’
      • ‘The respondents were asked to list their current concerns and these concerns were grouped into major categories.’
      • ‘The structural steels can be grouped conveniently on the basis of tensile strength.’
      • ‘It noted, however, much overlap among the charges, and that all could be grouped within the inclusive category of crimes against humanity.’
      • ‘The main topic categories were then grouped into larger domains.’
      • ‘He then grouped all known flowering plants according to the number of such structures that each had.’
      • ‘Furthest away are other science disciplines that would be grouped in different broad categories from psychology, like physics and chemistry.’
      • ‘Camera specs and tests are listed by brand and grouped by number of megapixels.’
      • ‘Tumor classifications were created by grouping tumors that had median survivals below or above the median for the entire sample, respectively.’
      • ‘These two forms can be grouped further into two classifications described as opened and closed forms.’
      • ‘It seems the factors can be grouped into two categories - those involving diet and eating habits, and those involving life-style.’
      • ‘The classification is based on grouping the metabolites into primary and secondary.’
      • ‘The eight chapters are grouped under three headings: culture, history and university.’
      • ‘To simplify matters, single malts are often grouped according to the region where they are produced.’
      categorize, classify, class, sort, bracket, pigeonhole, grade, rate, rank
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    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial Form a group or groups.
      ‘growers began to group together to form cooperatives’
      • ‘The fancied riders grouped together at the tail-end of the field, separated by two minutes as is the new practice in major events.’
      • ‘Once out into space, they grouped together into the standard crescent position, where the Wing Leader is at the centre front, with 2 on either side slightly back.’
      • ‘In the same year, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter were seen grouped together’
      • ‘Several labor organizations have grouped together to pledge to use their workers' rights to take the day off on the upcoming World Labor Day on May 1.’
      • ‘From the time the Hurricanes grouped together pre-season for a one month training session in New Plymouth, it's been special.’
      • ‘Now they had grouped together against the steep slopes of a lava ridge, tails flicking, necks craning, heads turning.’
      • ‘It's well understood that people will group together with others who think in the same way.’
      • ‘My stomach had a few separate scars loosely grouped together, then on my upper legs they began again.’
      • ‘When insurgents group together, they lose their mobility and present attractive targets.’
      • ‘The D. subobscura lines group in two clear clusters.’
      • ‘They grouped together at Half-London, a collection of little shops lined along a dusty road at the bottom of Tank Hill.’
      • ‘Forces were already grouping several hundred thousand kilometers away.’
      • ‘They grouped together, raised their guns, and began to fire at the ship.’
      • ‘Walking down the hall, I see people grouping together, each with their own visible and audible definition of individualism.’
      • ‘She visited the city's Spanish quarter where families and individuals are grouping together to support each other as they wait to hear more news of their families and friends.’
      • ‘But the idea now being looked at involves different organisations in the centre grouping together to pay for a guard to patrol the walkways of the centre.’
      • ‘The outlets of George's Court Shopping Centre grouped together to offer one of their customers this great day out.’
      • ‘They would fly, grouped together in the shape of a diamond, all coming out of one tree in a cacophony of chirping.’
      • ‘They are often found in groups of hundreds or thousands, flying in long lines or grouped tightly together on the water.’
      • ‘However, the club have been very naive in allowing large numbers of away fans to group together.’
      unite, join up, join together, team up, join forces, pool resources, club together, get together, come together, gather
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Late 17th century: from French groupe, from Italian gruppo, of Germanic origin; related to crop.