July 23, 2014
- congregate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to come together into a group or crowd
- How do you use it?
- Traffic was blocked for hours when an overturned milk truck caused cats from all over town to congregate in the road.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think has a meaning that is similar to "congregate"?"Congregate" suggests an unplanned coming together into a crowd or huddle. ("They congregated on street corners.") "Assemble," meanwhile, indicates an ordered gathering or organization of persons or things usually for a purpose. ("The students will assemble to hear the speaker.") "Collect," another synonym, often implies careful selection or orderly arrangement. ("She likes to collect stamps.") And "gather" applies broadly to the coming or bringing together of things from a spread-out or scattered state. ("Farmers from all over gathered at the fair.")