Definition of congregate in US English:



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Pronunciation /ˈkɑŋɡrəˌɡeɪt//ˈkäNGɡrəˌɡāt/
  • Gather into a crowd or mass.

    ‘some 4000 demonstrators had congregated at a border point’
    • ‘The crowd had congregated in the street during the evening and had been drinking outside due to the warm weather.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A crowd congregated to pay tribute to his many his sacrifices to the Kingdom.’
    • ‘Members of the public said they had been scared and felt intimidated because of the large numbers of youths congregating near their homes.’
    • ‘Every year police are called out to reports of children smashing windows, climbing on roofs or congregating on school sites.’
    • ‘There was a mass of people congregating around the fountain, all dressed in smart suits or dazzling gowns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since the smoking ban has been introduced the sight of people congregating around the entrance to a licensed premises has become commonplace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walking down the street on the Saturday, he noticed a large group of people congregating outside a hotel.’
    • ‘After lunch at my family's home, we had a hard time leaving because a mass of people had congregated outside.’
    • ‘Residents want police to use their new powers to stop the youths from congregating on the estate and causing criminal damage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As she neared the Village Square, she saw a crowd of people congregated there.’
    • ‘Troublemakers have been congregating in Gilbert's Alley and causing problems at the town council meeting rooms.’
    • ‘But local police officers say removing the benches would stop troublemakers from congregating there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Youths have been congregating in these areas of South Woodham following the dispersal order that covers the town centre.’
    • ‘The frost melted every end-of-term however, as the whole school congregated in the assembly hall to watch a film.’
    • ‘He is also banned from congregating with certain individuals.’
    assemble, gather, collect, come together, flock together, get together, convene, rally, rendezvous, muster, meet, amass, crowd, cluster, throng, group
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Pronunciation /ˈkäNGɡrəˌɡət//ˈkɑŋɡrəˌɡət/
  • Communal.

    ‘nursing homes and adult congregate living facilities’
    • ‘We describe the goals, development, operation, and outcomes of an intergenerational programmatic relationship between a private comprehensive college and a congregate facility that houses both independent-living apartments and assisted living for older adults.’
    • ‘As community inclusion advocates pursue a "one-size-fits-all" policy and push to close all congregate facilities, the least restrictive environment ceases to be a reality for many consumers.’
    • ‘He stated they have developed a product type with these senior apartment communities that are about a third larger than a congregate care unit and roughly half the monthly rent you would pay for congregate care monthly rental.’
    • ‘The failures of congregate wet-nursing and the high cost of private commercial arrangements encouraged the search for alternatives.’


Late Middle English: from Latin congregat- ‘collected (into a flock), united’, from the verb congregare, from con- ‘together’ + gregare (from grex, greg- ‘a flock’).