• (British) IPA: /ˈkɒŋ.ɡɹə.ɡeɪt/


  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.

congregate (congregates, present participle congregating; past and past participle congregated)

  1. (transitive) To collect into an assembly or assemblage; to bring into one place, or into a united body
    Synonyms: amass, assemble, compact, bring together, gather, mass, Thesaurus:round up
    • Any multitude of Christian men congregated may be termed by the name of a church.
    • Cold congregates all bodies.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      The great receptacle Of congregated waters he called Seas.
  2. (intransitive) To come together; to assemble; to meet.
    Synonyms: assemble, begather, forgather, Thesaurus:assemble
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      Even there where merchants most do congregate.
Related terms Translations
  • Portuguese: congregar
  • Russian: собира́ть
  • Spanish: congregar

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