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congregate

con·gre·gate

congregate

 
 
pronunciation:
kang gr geIt
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: congregated, congregates, congregating
definition: to bring or come together to form a group or assembly; gather.
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synonyms:
assemble, forgather, gather
antonyms:
disperse
similar words:
amass, cluster, concentrate, convene, crowd, group, herd, mass, muster, swarm, throng
Word Parts
The word congregate contains the following parts:
con- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix con- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with c, d, f, g, j, n, s, and v. See com-. Note: con- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "conceive ."
greg Latin root that means flock, gathering
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).