Definition of participate in English:



  • 1Take part.

    ‘thousands participated in a nationwide strike’
    • ‘Join now and participate in the first contest to win Collectible Swept Away Posters!’
    • ‘Twenty two patients participated in an additional joint consultation with their own doctor.’
    • ‘The ethnographer is engaged in regular interaction with people and participates in their daily lives.’
    • ‘Twenty nine cars participated in what was regarded as the best and most enjoyable hunt ever.’
    • ‘There is value in participating in a system where we all share with some common rules.’
    • ‘Sound is a mixed choir with a flexible structure generated by the nature of its repertoire and of the events it participates in.’
    • ‘Thanks also to the swimmers who participated and those who contributed in any way.’
    • ‘Failure to do so will be taken to mean that the clubs involved will not participate.’
    • ‘Theists argue that God is a personal, loving God who shares and participates in our lives i.e. he shares in our joy and in our pain.’
    • ‘More accurately, the erosion of pluralism means that one participates in a kind of negative identification.’
    • ‘Finally, if you are fortunate enough to be able to participate in an employee share scheme, do so!’
    • ‘Parents need to engage with sport and encourage their children to participate.’
    • ‘Though he misses playing in matches he feels that he cannot risk injury by participating.’
    • ‘We are looking for any children interested in participating in Tag rugby for their area.’
    • ‘Carnival is not a spectacle seen by the people; they live in it, and everyone participates because its very idea embraces all people.’
    • ‘In this contest of will and purpose, not every nation joins every mission, or participates in the same way.’
    • ‘The Syndicate has consistently led the pack in all areas it participates in, paid its dues as a guild, and earned its place as a lead guild in the gaming world.’
    • ‘If I was to do anything to help, perhaps it could involve participating in protests and so on.’
    • ‘All shops participating in the festival will be given entry forms for the prize.’
    • ‘He had this great idea to involve people in participating in writing a short fantasy story.’
    take part, engage, join, get involved, share, play a part, play a role, be a participant, partake
    cooperate, help, assist, lend a hand
    go in for, contribute to, be associated with, associate oneself with, have a hand in, have something to do with, be party to, be a party to
    get in on the act, pitch in
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  • 2archaic Have or possess (a particular quality)

    ‘both members participate of harmony’
    benefit from, have the benefit of, reap the benefits of, have the advantage, have the use of, have available, avail oneself of, be blessed with, be favoured with, be endowed with, be born with, be possessed of
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Late 15th century: from Latin participat- shared in from the verb participare, based on pars, part- part + capere take.