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’
    • ‘Some walkers warned a group of four boys to get off the frozen river at Water End.’
    • ‘I used to take yoga classes, and group fitness classes, but that has fallen by the way side for the moment.’
    • ‘This is the third year we have gathered together a group of friends to meet at Burke's Canoes in Forestville.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also feared for the safety of other pupils when the boy ran towards a group leaving the class, on May 17 last year.’
    • ‘As they approached the group of men gathered round her tents, she screamed in horror.’
    • ‘Therefore tomato plants should be gathered in groups of 6 on either side of the front gate.’
    • ‘The typical kind of call outs we are getting involve groups of youths 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.’
    • ‘Stars are not scattered randomly through space, they are gathered together into vast groups known as galaxies.’
    • ‘The four classes of protected groups are not defined, nor are criteria for their definition provided.’
    • ‘The location of a taxi rank in the centre of town would lead to trouble, with large groups of people gathering together.’
    • ‘One copy of this gene occurs in angiosperms, but two copies occur in the other four seed plant groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You go to classes all day long and take notes and participate in group discussions.’
    • ‘To find answers this programme gathered together a group of eminent people from a variety of backgrounds.’
    • ‘The extent of this clustering was similar in all four social class groups.’
    • ‘He divided twenty-four of the plants into six initial groups of four, in order of size as estimated by eye.’
    • ‘A group of maids had gathered together and were giggling and laughing over some unknown joke.’
    • ‘To do this, push together chairs, stools and ottomans so small groups can gather.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They range from individual registrants to private organisations, community groups and schools.’
      • ‘The big unanswered question: who benefits from largesse - interest groups or the common voter?’
      • ‘Aid organisations and campaign groups, however, were less enthusiastic.’
      • ‘Both groups come together to share workshops, intensive training and performances.’
      • ‘A host of groups and organisations have pledged to continue their support to reach the new target.’
      • ‘Money left over is to go towards a new parish council noticeboard and the remainder will be shared among local groups.’
      • ‘It is small band of guerrillas without heavy artillery or any armor, organized in small groups.’
      • ‘For once the onus has not been placed solely on women's groups and non-governmental organisations.’
      • ‘Women were organised into groups and group leaders were appointed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Youth clubs, after-school groups and organisations such as Scouts and Guides would be among those to benefit.’
      • ‘When another publisher picked up the book and the controversy, feminist groups attempted to organise a boycott.’
      • ‘Somewhere along the middle of this continuum lies self help groups and organizations.’
      • ‘These were groups organized to write letters to the editors of newspapers.’
      • ‘We need to form a progressive coalition that includes the religious groups sharing our morality.’
      • ‘We hope people will join together with family and friends, clubs and organisations to form groups to raise the money.’
      • ‘Posters and entry forms were distributed to all schools, community groups, businesses and commercial outlets.’
      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’
      • ‘He pointed out that the group has a building contract and has also obtained planning permission.’
      • ‘Some general practitioners have moved from group to chain ownership of practice premises.’
      • ‘Far be it from me to encourage you to buy a newspaper produced by another group.’
      • ‘The promotion is the first time Scotland's seven major newspaper publishing groups have collaborated on marketing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The syndicate will allow groups to find large commercial units with multi tenancies in prime locations.’
      • ‘Many official bodies and commercial groups regard stickers and pasted posters as closely related to graffiti.’
      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’
      • ‘The interaction between the rhythm section and the rest of the group is beauteous to behold.’
      • ‘Sharing the bill with The Beatles were the somewhat-overlooked group The Briarwoods.’
      • ‘On the evidence of this album, the group appear in complete and remarkable control of their art.’
      • ‘Robert is joined by Vincent Courtois on cello and Cyril Atef on drums in a chamber jazz group of the highest order.’
      • ‘Just don't expect it to sound like his old indie group, or much else for that matter.’
      • ‘Rock'n'roll groups appeared on bills along with trad groups and pop singers - even some modern jazz made it into the charts.’
      • ‘The album opens with the group's trademark sound in full effect.’
      • ‘The group put on a frantic performance during a set that stretched into the night.’
      • ‘We're only influenced by two groups and that's the Beatles and the Stones.’
      • ‘Well ya gotta hand it to this super group for hammering together a release to be proud of.’
      • ‘Are they a natural conclusion to what the girl-led indie groups of the mid 90's didn't finish?’
      • ‘Musically, the group captures a pressing sense of urgency devoid of anything trite or gimmicky.’
      • ‘The three groups represented on this album feature the ultimate in the sound and soul of brass band music.’
      • ‘They are imitating the complex dance steps and hand jives that the group perform in their videos.’
      • ‘Lonnie equips his quartet with the dynamics of a big band while retaining the intimacy of a small group.’
      • ‘One of the most influential British indie groups of recent years have announced they are to split.’
      • ‘American observers have noted this ethnic diversity in rap groups in France.’
      • ‘Now I know the purpose of this series is not to turn the two groups concerned against each other in some sonic battle royale.’
      • ‘It is yet another landmark in the career of one of soul music's greatest groups.’
      • ‘Space permits only a brief comparison here of the group singing of the Beatles and that of the girl groups.’
      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.
      • ‘A still greater number have copied the busts and limbs and the groups of Greek art.’
      • ‘His most characteristic works were figures or groups of a historical, literary, allegorical, or symbolic nature.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Solitary lines are from the fatty acid terminal methyl groups, triglyceride backbone carbons, and carboxyl carbons.’
  • 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.

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

    • ‘An acronym is a word group created in a similar way to an initialism but which is pronounced as a word.’
    • ‘The conventional belief is that speech is made up of individual words, whereas we really speak groups of words.’
    • ‘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.’


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

    ‘three chairs were grouped around a table’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twenty kids are grouped in teams to test their smarts and skills against outlandish challenges.’
    • ‘The blocks are grouped to form two central courtyards, one of which contains a swimming pool.’
    • ‘The works are grouped into five areas that examine cultural differences in the construction of time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Units can be grouped to form larger social entities and common spaces.’
    • ‘You will have noticed that the deck chairs in square formation are grouped around a table and underneath beach umbrellas.’
    • ‘The opposition forces were grouped around the Spanish aircraft carrier.’
    • ‘Dark leather chairs were grouped opposite her father's desk, and a dark burgundy oriental rug adorned the black walnut hardwood floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The benches and chairs were grouped in a circle around them.’
    • ‘Apparently, all of the stocking stuffers are grouped on said tables, so I can find them more easily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We took our places at the table and we were grouped with folks we'd never met before.’
    • ‘The eligible and ineligible skaters were grouped into teams, with skaters of both flavors on each team.’
    • ‘The evening session was more lively with the Club conducting a competition for the children, who were grouped into three teams.’
    • ‘Some are grouped in ‘teams’ who compete to develop the most effective viruses.’
    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’
      • ‘The classification is based on grouping the metabolites into primary and secondary.’
      • ‘To simplify matters, single malts are often grouped according to the region where they are produced.’
      • ‘It seems the factors can be grouped into two categories - those involving diet and eating habits, and those involving life-style.’
      • ‘The main topic categories were then grouped into larger domains.’
      • ‘The structural steels can be grouped conveniently on the basis of tensile strength.’
      • ‘The issue was, can the individual chromosomes be distinguished or only grouped into classes?’
      • ‘As the cumbersome title suggests, the material is grouped under three rubrics.’
      • ‘These can be generally grouped into three categories: market research, market contacts and market promotion.’
      • ‘Camera specs and tests are listed by brand and grouped by number of megapixels.’
      • ‘The firefighters' fitness levels were grouped into six categories ranging from poor to excellent.’
      • ‘Eleven manufacturers who received five to seven nominations were grouped into Category 1.’
      • ‘Clearly all of the issues grouped together under the heading of management learning are important.’
      • ‘He then grouped all known flowering plants according to the number of such structures that each had.’
      • ‘Tumor classifications were created by grouping tumors that had median survivals below or above the median for the entire sample, respectively.’
      • ‘The respondents were asked to list their current concerns and these concerns were grouped into major categories.’
      • ‘It noted, however, much overlap among the charges, and that all could be grouped within the inclusive category of crimes against humanity.’
      • ‘Photographs featured on the web site are grouped into seven categories - as are the albums.’
      • ‘Furthest away are other science disciplines that would be grouped in different broad categories from psychology, like physics and chemistry.’
      • ‘The eight chapters are grouped under three headings: culture, history and university.’
      • ‘These two forms can be grouped further into two classifications described as opened and closed forms.’
      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’
      • ‘From the time the Hurricanes grouped together pre-season for a one month training session in New Plymouth, it's been special.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They grouped together at Half-London, a collection of little shops lined along a dusty road at the bottom of Tank Hill.’
      • ‘When insurgents group together, they lose their mobility and present attractive targets.’
      • ‘They would fly, grouped together in the shape of a diamond, all coming out of one tree in a cacophony of chirping.’
      • ‘The outlets of George's Court Shopping Centre grouped together to offer one of their customers this great day out.’
      • ‘The fancied riders grouped together at the tail-end of the field, separated by two minutes as is the new practice in major events.’
      • ‘Forces were already grouping several hundred thousand kilometers away.’
      • ‘They grouped together, raised their guns, and began to fire at the ship.’
      • ‘My stomach had a few separate scars loosely grouped together, then on my upper legs they began again.’
      • ‘Walking down the hall, I see people grouping together, each with their own visible and audible definition of individualism.’
      • ‘However, the club have been very naive in allowing large numbers of away fans to group together.’
      • ‘The D. subobscura lines group in two clear clusters.’
      • ‘They are often found in groups of hundreds or thousands, flying in long lines or grouped tightly together on the water.’
      • ‘In the same year, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter were seen grouped 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.