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From Latin congregatus, past participle of congregare (to congregate), from con- (with, together) + gregare (to collect into a flock), from grex (flock, herd). See gregarious.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒŋ.ɡɹə.ɡeɪt/
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congregate (comparative more congregate, superlative most congregate)

  1. (rare) Collective; assembled; compact.
    • 1605, Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, Book II, Chapter IX:
      With this reservation, therefore, we proceed to human philosophy or humanity, which hath two parts: the one considereth man segregate or distributively, the other congregate or in society; so as human philosophy is either simple and particular, or conjugate and civil.


congregate (third-person singular simple present congregates, present participle congregating, simple past and past participle congregated)

  1. (transitive) To collect into an assembly or assemblage; to bring into one place, or into a united body
    Synonyms: amass, assemble, compact, bring together, gather, mass; see also Thesaurus:round up
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      Any multitude of Christian men congregated may be termed by the name of a church.
    • 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection
      Cold congregates all bodies.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      The great receptacle Of congregated waters he called Seas.
  2. (intransitive) To come together; to assemble; to meet.
    Synonyms: assemble, begather, forgather; see also Thesaurus:assemble

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  1. second-person plural present indicative of congregare
  2. second-person plural imperative of congregare
  3. feminine plural of congregato





  1. second-person plural present active imperative of congregō