V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to come together, usually for a specific purpose

Synonyms: gather, assemble, convene, flock, converge

Antonyms: disperse, disassemble

Tips: Congregate is derived from the Latin stem grex-, meaning "flock." This is also the root for the word aggregate. Think, "to come together like a flock of sheep." The related noun congregation is similar to confluence, except confluence has a sense of flowing together because of inevitability, whereas a congregation is a gathering of people for a common purpose, often a ritualistic purpose.

Usage Examples:

The Baptist church in the center of Watts has a dedicated congregation. (ensemble, assemblage) noun

Fans congregated outside the movie premier to see the famous actor. (gathered, flocked)

The congregation sang the hymns together, swaying to the music. (assembly, gathering) noun

We congregated in the boardroom to discuss the plans for the upcoming project. (convened, assembled)

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