Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be active or involved in something; take part.
  • intransitive verb To share in something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Acting in common; participating.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb rare To partake of; to share in; to receive a part of.
  • transitive verb obsolete To impart, or give, or share of.

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

  • verb become a participant; be involved in
  • verb share in something

Etymologies

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.

Examples

  • The word participate is vague and open to interpretation, but as stated, "Campaign" is defined by the rules and regulations of the DNC.

    Obama takes heat from Catholic League over Pfleger

  • All you have to do to participate is to send him an email with a specific keyword when he is giving away a particular set of books.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • All you have to do to participate is to send him an email with a specific keyword when he is giving away a particular set of books.

    In the Limelight - Websites and Blogs of Interest

  • The word participate is vague and open to interpretation, but as stated, "Campaign" is defined by the rules and regulations of the DNC.

    Obama takes heat from Catholic League over Pfleger

  • The word participate is vague and open to interpretation, but as stated, "Campaign" is defined by the rules and regulations of the DNC.

    Clinton looks to Puerto Rico to boost her campaign

  • The only thing you need to do in order to participate is to be one of the first five to reply to this, AND post this entry on YOUR live journal - 'cause its fun to give people stuff.

    The Giving/Getting Stuff Meme

  • In each Revolution, the infrastructure required to participate is progressively smaller.

    Technology

  • In each Revolution, the infrastructure required to participate is progressively smaller.

    Can we talk?

  • In each Revolution, the infrastructure required to participate is progressively smaller.

    Can we talk?

  • I think that there are enough efforts to sabotage the 2010 census, including the suggestion that the results will be “misused,” that any effort to get people to participate is justified at this point.

    This is how Jesus was born. « Dating Jesus

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  • Words within words: Par+tic+i+pate, and interestingly: part+ici+pate, which contains 'ici' the French word meaning 'here'..

    December 21, 2013