Definition of congregate in English:



  • Gather into a crowd or mass.

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

    ‘nursing homes and adult congregate living facilities’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The failures of congregate wet-nursing and the high cost of private commercial arrangements encouraged the search for alternatives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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