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- (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.
- (transitive) To collect into an assembly or assemblage; to bring into one place, or into a united body.
- 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection:
- Cold congregates all bodies.
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter VII, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 68:
- And here I would observe, that love of admiration seems scarcely to be properly appreciated; it is the only bond of society—we could not otherwise endure each other. It is the true source of the sublime, and, my conscience obliges me to add, of the ridiculous. Still, it is the strong necessity of admiring each other, and the being admired in our turn, that has built cities, congregated multitudes, and organised what we call our present state of civilisation.
- (intransitive) To come together; to assemble; to meet.
To collect into an assembly or assemblage
To come together; to assemble; to meet
congregate f pl