Definition of congestion in English:



  • The state of being congested.

    ‘the new bridge should ease congestion in the area’
    • ‘The bus lanes are designed to ease traffic congestion but they remain controversial.’
    • ‘If you are frustrated by road congestion or overcrowded trains you can add your support to our campaign.’
    • ‘This would help counter claims the bridge was adding to congestion in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘The incident caused congestion on surrounding roads as police cleared the area.’
    • ‘That's the message from a new project to reduce congestion and improve the health of York children.’
    • ‘At the moment traffic in York is being restrained simply by congestion itself.’
    • ‘This often creates congestion and difficulties with parking and access around schools.’
    • ‘Even then there was congestion on the bridge as a result of resurfacing work.’
    • ‘Traffic will take to minor narrower roads causing even worse congestion and gridlock.’
    • ‘Traffic congestion is a serious issue which is causing concern to many residents and traders in our area.’
    • ‘Free from the weekday congestion, the traffic raced wildly, shifting lanes as if in a video game.’
    • ‘Many group members are car owners and know only too well the difficulties caused by road congestion.’
    • ‘The car park will also hopefully ease traffic congestion and parking difficulties.’
    • ‘Road rage is not one of my vices but I do get frustrated if I am stuck in traffic either due to road works or congestion.’
    • ‘Using a light touch, the therapist helps to clear areas of congestion and stagnation.’
    • ‘Residents fear increased congestion, more noise and rides creating an eyesore.’
    • ‘This was a three-mile dual carriageway designed to make traffic congestion a thing of the past.’
    • ‘Up top the band can often take up a large area of the dance floor and cause a lot of congestion.’
    • ‘This will, it is hoped, take traffic off the roads and help to ease congestion.’
    • ‘They are a major cause of congestion and take up too much precious space.’
    crowding, overcrowding
    obstruction, blockage, stoppage, blocking, clogging, choking, plugging, stuffing
    traffic jam, bottleneck
    snarl-up, gridlock
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin congestio(n-), from congere heap up from con- together + gerere bring.