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


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

Latin participāre, participāt-, from particeps, particip-, partaker : pars, part-, part; see part + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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