• (British) IPA: /pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪt/
  • (America) enPR: pär-tĭ'cə-pāt

participate (participates, present participle participating; past and past participle participated)

  1. (intransitive) To join in, to take part, to involve oneself (in something). [from 16th c.]
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To share, share in (something). [16th-19th c.]
    • circa 1599 William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act V, Scene 1,
      A spirit I am indeed;
      But am in that dimension grossly clad
      Which from the womb I did participate.
    • 1638, Sir Thomas Herbert, 1st Baronet, Some Yeares Travels Into Africa & Asia the Great, London: Jacob Blome and Richard Bishop, Book I, p. 52,
      [The Parsi] are tollerated all sorts of meat; but (in obedience to the Mahomitan and Bannyan ’mongst whom they live) refraine Beefe and Hog flesh: they seldome feed together, lest they might participate one anothers impurity: each has his owne cup [...].
    • 1803, Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons, London: Longman and Rees, Volume 1, Letter 4, p. 109,
      In what country on the globe is it, that in the class of mankind doomed to labour, we shall not find tribes, the women of which participate the toils of the men?
  3. (obsolete) To share (something) with others; to transfer (something) to or unto others. [16th-18th c.]
    • 1661, Thomas Salusbury, Galilaeus Galilaeus Lyncaeus, His Systeme of the World, Second Dialogue, in Mathematical Collections and Translations, London, p. 105,
      Make the Earth [...] turn round its own axis in twenty four hours, and towards the same point with all the other Spheres; and without participating this same motion to any other Planet or Star, all shall have their risings, settings, and in a word, all their other appearances.
Related terms Translations
  • French: participer (to participate in something: — participer à quelque chose)
  • German: teilnehmen (to participate in something:an etwas teilnehmen)
  • Italian: partecipare (to participate in something: — partecipare a qualcosa)
  • Portuguese: participar
  • Russian: уча́ствовать
  • Spanish: participar

participate (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Acting in common; participating.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus, I. i. 101:
      And, mutually participate, did minister / Unto the appetite and affection common / Of the whole body.

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