Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring or come together in a group, crowd, or assembly. See Synonyms at gather.
  • adj. Gathered; assembled.
  • adj. Involving a group: congregate living facilities for senior citizens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Collected; compact; close.
  • v. : 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.
  • v. : To come together; to assemble; to meet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Collected; compact; close.
  • intransitive v. To come together; to assemble; to meet.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To collect or bring together into an assemblage.; assemble; bring into one place or into a crowd or mass.
  • To bring to a center or focus; concentrate.
  • To come together; assemble; meet, especially in large numbers.
  • Collected; compact; close.
  • Of or pertaining to an assemblage or congregation; associate; joint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come together, usually for a purpose

Etymologies

Middle English congregaten, from Latin congregāre, congregāt- : com-, com- + gregāre, to assemble (from grex, greg-, herd; see ger- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin congregatus, past participle of congregare ("to congregate"); from con- ("with, together") + gregare ("to collect into a flock"), from grex ("flock, herd"). See gregarious. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Being called to Washington as a leading delegate, with power to help settle all these great questions that were then agitating the country, St. Clair Enson and Walker decided that it would be best to close the Hall, leaving Isaac, Aunt Henny and Marthy in charge of the house, and take the rest of the hands to Washington, where so many rich and influential men would congregate from the most southern parts of the country, that they would be assured of quick sales and large profits.

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  • Basically, any place where rats and vermin congregate.

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  • She can ` t live or be within 1,000 feet of anywhere where children may congregate, which is a school, a park, a library, anything of the sort.

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  • And instead of having people kind of congregate outside of the building, they had people kind of doing a drive thru where they had people, employees taking applications right out of the drivers 'cars.

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  • A couple of people kind of congregate around the officer and one of them tells the officer that his wife is in that vehicle, and they have to get to the hospital.

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  • Did everybody kind of congregate together in one area or did everybody just sort of go to where they thought was a safe spot hoping that they would be OK?

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  • Here I have been imagining a dialogue between a half-dozen gossips such as congregate round a Club fireplace of an afternoon.

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  • The Older Americans Act of 1965, last reauthorized by the Congress in 1992, provides essential home and community-based services, such as congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, employment and volunteer opportunities, health promotion activities, pension counseling programs, and protection from abuse in institutions and in the community for millions of older persons across the United States.

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