congregate

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Latin congregatus, past participle of congregare ‎(to congregate); from con- ‎(with, together) + gregare ‎(to collect into a flock), from grex ‎(flock, herd). See gregarious.

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congregate ‎(comparative more congregate, superlative most congregate)

  1. (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.

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congregate ‎(third-person singular simple present congregates, present participle congregating, simple past and past participle congregated)

  1. (transitive): 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.
    • Hooker,
      Any multitude of Christian men congregated may be termed by the name of a church.
    • Coleridge,
      Cold congregates all bodies.
    • Milton,
    The great receptacle Of congregated waters he called Seas.
  2. (intransitive): To come together; to assemble; to meet.

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