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

  • intransitive v. To take part in something: participated in the festivities.
  • intransitive v. To share in something: If only I could participate in your good fortune.
  • transitive v. Archaic To partake of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Acting in common; participating.
  • intransitive v. To have a share in common with others; to take a part; to play a role; to partake; -- followed by in, formerly by of.
  • transitive v. To partake of; to share in; to receive a part of.
  • transitive v. To impart, or give, or share of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To partake; share or share in; receive a part or share of.
  • To give a share of; communicate; dispense.
  • To take part; partake; have a share in common with others: followed by in, formerly by of, before the object.
  • To have features or characteristics in common with another or others.
  • Synonyms Share, Participate in, etc. See partake.

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

  • v. become a participant; be involved in
  • v. share in something


Latin participāre, participāt-, from particeps, particip-, partaker : pars, part-, part; see part + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the participle stem of Latin participare ("to take part in, share in, give part in, impart"), from Latin particeps ("taking part in, sharing in"), from pars ("part") + capere ("to take"); see part and capable. (Wiktionary)



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