Definition of congested in English:



  • 1Blocked up with or too full of something, in particular.

    • ‘Starting in 2001, the league has cut back games from 32 to 28, which will help a congested schedule.’
    • ‘The sound is more natural, less congested than the RCA issue.’
    • ‘To discourage overuse of lines, which could lead to outages, the system would charge customers more for using lines that are already congested.’
    • ‘The gateway router can easily become congested.’
    • ‘When it happened, my congested photos suddenly felt airy and bouncy, almost frivolous, in close proximity to Joyce's denser pictures.’
    • ‘In the past year, however, new technologies have been developed to help alleviate the problems of congested terrestrial lines.’
    • ‘During reception and protocol processing, packets might be discarded if the machine is congested.’
    • ‘This lets carriers route around congested hot spots and make better use of available bandwidth.’
    • ‘I put my arm on her shoulder and replied, ‘Yeah, the air's too congested here anyway.’’
    • ‘The network would get congested and the effective transfer rate to the tape drives would suffer because of the network speed.’
    • ‘The satellite lines were congested, so I called London on my mobile phone and dictated the story, reading it out word by word.’
    • ‘Too often, though, the tunes felt congested - too many ideas crammed together to let the melodies breathe.’
    • ‘If you're serious about doing something about your congested cooler, the alternatives I mentioned should get you thinking.’
    • ‘Overall the audio has a weak, congested sound to it.’
    • ‘The external surface was smooth and congested.’
    • ‘With WiFi support, some radio data traffic that are non-priority, or very large files, could lessen the load on congested ham radio frequencies.’
    • ‘Lunch-hour errands - or actual lunch appointments - might be a little more congested.’
    • ‘The teacher stood up from his congested desk full of paperwork and gulped a bit.’
    • ‘Almost sixty years later, the broadcast sound, while congested, is not at all difficult to wrap one's ears around.’
    • ‘Similarly, we offer after-hour discounts to encourage users to download large files in the evenings when our internet access is less congested.’
    1. 1.1(of a road or place) so crowded with traffic or people as to hinder freedom of movement.
      ‘one of the most congested airports in the world’
      ‘the streets are often heavily congested with traffic’
      • ‘The noise, the increased traffic in an already congested area, the effect it will have on the price of goods sold at the market and the changing of the neighbourhood's very make-up are all at stake, they say.’
      • ‘Like many old Mylai streets, it is also a narrow and congested road with several street houses.’
      • ‘It can clear the traffic out of a congested area or impede your opponents.’
      • ‘They say they are worried about the impact of extra traffic on already congested roads, the density of housing proposed for the site, and what will happen to electricity pylons which cross the land.’
      • ‘But the group insists that the size of the development is too large for the conservation area and would bring traffic havoc to already congested lanes.’
      • ‘Barring a few participants, who used four-wheelers, the rest meandered through the congested roads and lanes of the city in two-wheelers.’
      • ‘A good dual carriageway with two lanes for ordinary traffic and one for buses has been reduced to a congested road with one lane for traffic and one bus lane each way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The streets are often heavily congested with traffic such that a chauffeur driven car hire is almost a must.’
      • ‘Heavy loads will be transported through York and Selby on a special boat in a bid to cut traffic jams on the region's congested roads.’
      • ‘Are we still in doubt about why our roads are so congested and traffic jams are the order of the day?’
      • ‘The aim of the £47.9 million project is to take 60 per cent of the traffic out of the congested town centre.’
      • ‘Traffic jams and congested spaces under flyovers, where people stopped to escape getting wet, were a common sight.’
      • ‘And what better time to do it than on a Sunday afternoon, when the congested city roads and bazaars are not as maddening a proposition to wade your way through as they are on a week day.’
      • ‘One would have thought that this area is already congested by traffic without introducing more by having buses in the area.’
      • ‘After all, life on our congested city roads is stressful.’
      • ‘Then the widened roads become congested with traffic again, sometimes immediately.’
      • ‘There were also warnings that property prices around the edge of the zone could fall as streets became congested with traffic trying to avoid the charge.’
      • ‘The proposal for this was made three months back to bypass the congested city roads and help the bus drivers drive safely to various destinations.’
      crowded, overcrowded, full, overfull, overflowing, full to bursting, full to overflowing, crammed full, cram-full, thronged, packed, jammed, teeming, swarming, overloaded
      obstructed, impeded, clogged, choked, plugged, stopped up
      snarled up, gridlocked, jam-packed
      like piccadilly circus
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    2. 1.2(of the respiratory tract) blocked with mucus so as to hinder breathing.
      ‘his nose was congested’
      • ‘My ancestors employed the most infamous of techniques - the eyelash in the eye, the one congested nostril, and, of course, the itch on the back that couldn't be reached without an implement.’
      • ‘Also, some mind-body practitioners believe a congested throat may signal that you're not expressing your feelings.’
      • ‘But this week, she became congested, and yesterday, the dizziness returned; it got so bad she went to the school nurse, where lying down made it worse.’
      • ‘The symptoms include itchy eyes, sneezing, and congested nostrils.’
      • ‘My daughter, she's congested and she's stopped breathing.’
      • ‘The first sign of a cold is often a congested or runny nose.’
      • ‘After their night's respite, my congested bronchial tubes once more begin their noisy rattle.’
      • ‘To stave off colds, she should combine it with aconite at the first sign of a scratchy throat or a congested feeling in the head.’
      • ‘The results of this battle mimic signs and symptoms of a cold - stuffy nose, itchy eyes, cough - and may cause congested sinuses.’
      • ‘He was still coughing occasionally, but his chest didn't feel congested.’
      • ‘A congested feeling in the chest and difficulty in breathing are the most common symptoms of this chronic respiratory disease.’
      • ‘I've had a cold that won't quit and I coughed through a bunch of the tape as I lay flat on my purple yoga mat and my nose and throat got more congested.’
      • ‘I was feeling super sick, congested, and not able to breathe, but with only another two days left to my trip, I didn't want to waste time laying in bed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It reduces the histamine-based swelling produced by allergic reactions, so turn to it when congested sinuses or food alergies contribute to sleeplessness.’
      • ‘One should be on watch for any soreness in the throat, a stuffy nose or congested chest because they are the early symptoms of the onset of disease.’
      • ‘Not so with allergies, which can leave you feeling congested, with itchy eyes and sneezing.’
      • ‘So by all means, if you think your child's cold has gone on for more than seven days, and your child is still congested and perhaps coughing heavily, see your pediatrician.’
      • ‘I felt well-rested, but my nose was still congested.’
      • ‘She was taking two decongestants and a nasal steroid daily for allergies, but they weren't helping - she was always congested anyway.’
    3. 1.3(of a part of the body) abnormally full of blood.
      ‘congested arteries’
      • ‘It is used to treat delayed menses and congested blood (especially in the lower pelvic cavity) and abdominal pains.’
      • ‘Our main sign is most often a wiry and choppy pulse, and congested purplish veins in the inner eye lids.’
      • ‘The brain weighed 1620 g, and macroscopic examination revealed congested leptomeninges covering the cerebral hemispheres.’
      • ‘The liver and-kidneys were grossly icteric and congested.’
      • ‘Thus, according to the Chinese, people in whom the liver is too full of blood and hence hard and congested, will be naturally irritable.’
      • ‘The stroma of the papillary fronds consisted of loose fibrous tissue with abundant, thin-walled, congested blood vessels.’
      • ‘When the liver becomes congested, serum transaminase and bilirubin levels may become elevated, and jaundice may be present.’
      • ‘Blood vitalizing, which has often been used in modern times for its ability to penetrate congested tissues, may be valuable in overcoming tissue resistance, as well.’
      • ‘The older and more congested arteries get, the more subject they are to blood clots, the body's version of traffic jams.’
      • ‘He described that the leeches were placed on the body and would clear out blood and congested fluids.’
      • ‘In the case of congested arteries, it is usually plaque in the arteries restricting the blood flow.’
      • ‘To make matters worse, thick, fibrous adhesions are often formed anchoring the congested, fatty tissue to the muscular layer below.’


Mid 19th century: past participle of congest, from Latin congest- heaped up from the verb congerere, from con- together + gerere bring.