• (GA, RP) IPA: /kənˈd͡ʒɛst.ʃən/, /-ˈd͡ʒɛʃ.d͡ʒən/
  • (North England) IPA: /kʊnˈd͡ʒɛʃ.d͡ʒən/


  1. The hindrance or blockage of the passage of something, for example a fluid, mixture, traffic, people, etc. (due to an excess of this or due to a partial or complete obstruction), resulting in overfilling or overcrowding.
    1. An accumulation or buildup, the act of gathering into a heap or mass.
      network congestion
    2. An excess of traffic; usually not a complete standstill of traffic, so usually not synonymous with traffic jam.
      traffic congestion
    3. (medicine) Blocking up of the capillary and other blood vessels, etc., in any locality or organ (often producing other morbid symptoms); local hypermic, active or passive
      arterial congestion
      venous congestion
      congestion of the lungs
    4. (medicine) An excess of mucus or fluid in the respiratory system; congestion of the lungs, or nasal congestion.
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