AskDefine | Define congregate

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congregate adj : brought together into a group or crowd; "the accumulated letters in my office" [syn: accumulated, amassed, assembled, collected, massed] v : come together, usually for a purpose; "The crowds congregated in front of the Vatican on Christmas Eve"

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etyl la congregatus, past participle of congregare; from con- + gregare, from grex. See gregarious.


  • a UK /ˈkɒŋ.gɹə.geɪt/, /"


  1. Collected; compact; close. [R.]


  1. : To collect into an assembly or assemblage; to assemble; to bring into one place, or into a united body; to gather together; to mass; to compact.
    • Hooker,
      Any multitude of Christian men congregated may be termed by the name of a church.
    • Coleridge,
      Cold congregates all bodies.
    • Milton,
    The great receptacle Of congregated waters he called Seas.
  2. : To come together; to assemble; to meet.
    Even there where merchants most do congregate.

Related terms


To collect into an assembly or assemblage
To come together; to assemble; to meet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

assemble, bunch, bunch up, clot, cluster, collect, come together, congress, converge, copulate, couple, crowd, date, flock together, flow together, forgather, fuse, gang around, gang up, gather, gather around, herd together, hive, horde, huddle, league, link, mass, meet, merge, mill, muster, raise, rally, rally around, rendezvous, seethe, stream, surge, swarm, teem, throng, unite
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