• WordNet 3.6
    • v congregate come together, usually for a purpose "The crowds congregated in front of the Vatican on Christmas Eve"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Congregate Collected; compact; close.
    • v. t Congregate To collect into an assembly or assemblage; to assemble; to bring into one place, or into a united body; to gather together; to mass; to compact. "Any multitude of Christian men congregated may be termed by the name of a church.""Cold congregates all bodies.""The great receptacle
      Of congregated waters he called Seas."
    • v. i Congregate To come together; to assemble; to meet. "Even there where merchants most do congregate ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • congregate To collect or bring together into an assemblage.; assemble; bring into one place or into a crowd or mass.
    • congregate To bring to a center or focus; concentrate.
    • congregate To come together; assemble; meet, especially in large numbers.
    • congregate Collected; compact; close.
    • congregate Of or pertaining to an assemblage or congregation; associate; joint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Congregate kong′gre-gāt to gather together: to assemble
    • v.i Congregate to flock together
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  • Vance Havner
    “I'm tied of hearing about temperance instead of abstinence, in order to please the cocktail crowd in church congregations.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. congregatus, p. p. of congregare, to congregate; on-, + gregare, to collect into a flock, fr. grex, flock, herd. See Gregarious


In literature:

Indeed he had not been long in St Andrews when, urged by the congregation there, he consented to become its preacher.
"John Knox" by A. Taylor Innes
That the Congregation would appeal to a certain number was evident from the first.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
The man marched around and exhibited it to the congregation as it quivered in his naked body.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 11, No. 24, March, 1873" by Various
He thought that, if it was an offence for him to sing in the choir, it would be equally offensive to sing in the congregation.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
With the Lords of the Congregation masters across the border the northern Earls lay helpless between the two Protestant realms.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
In 1912 a site for a new chapel, intended only for the uses of the local congregation, was purchased in a suburb on the west side of Valliant.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
And it indicates the quality of William's ministry and the ideals of his congregation.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
His congregation were generally the very poorest of his flock.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
He is in thy congregation!
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
But now every congregation is a perfect hive of Christian activity.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
Everyone in the congregation of course noticed it, and that bouquet of flowers became during the week the talk of all Brooklyn.
"Sixty years with Plymouth Church" by Stephen M. Griswold
Walking rapidly up the aisle is sure to disturb the congregation.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
They staid over the Sabbath, and went to hear Mr. Lyle preach, morning and evening, to his old congregation.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
The convention, held in the First Congregational Church, was planned for a very full program of ten days instead of the usual week.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
But the congregations were slow to listen, and the sports went on.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
The convention was held in October, 1906, at Lowell in the Trinitarian Congregational Church.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
The church has a large membership and the congregation continues to increase.
"A Virginia Village" by Charles A. Stewart
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore unto them.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Irish abound in Drury Lane, and in unsavoury Houndsditch the seed of Abraham congregate.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
One of the congregation?
"Harper's Round Table, May 7, 1895" by Various

In poetry:

How countlessly they congregate
O'er our tumultuous snow,
Which flows in shapes as tall as trees
When wintry winds do blow!—
"Stars" by Robert Frost
Another year, another year,
Unfolds its page of hope and fear!
Where, at its close, shall we appear
Who now are congregated here.
"New Year's Hymn" by James Monroe Whitfield
"They’re singin’ out for rain," he said,
"And all the tanks are dry."
The congregation scratched its head,
And gazed around the sky.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
The preacher quoted, and the cranks
Among his congregation smiled,
"How sharper than a serpent's thanks
It is to have a toothless child."
"A Bad Break" by W T Goodge
Q. How many parts do each of those contain,
Before the present congregation say,
And make them to the meanest Christian plain,
As in the sunshine that illumes the day?
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
Old Spense he kinder spil'd the thing
Fur thet thar congregation,
By holdin' on tew life in spite
Ov Satan's invitation;
An' hurts thar feelin's ev'ry Spring,
Buyin' some pesky patent thing.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Folksy Irish supergroup The Teetotallers will indulge in some intimate song-swapping at the circular congregational church.
Pastor plans folksy time for congregation.
In his first letter to the Christian congregation in the city of Corinth, the apostle Paul addresses the issue of appearing foolish .
Some time ago I mentioned to a friend that my church is very forgiving as a congregation.
An Irish priest, Father Martin McVeigh, "inadvertently" showed a congregation a gay porn slideshow on March 26, 2012 in County Tyrone, Ireland.
' is Sunday's sermon at First Congregational Church.
Oct 14 is the 20th Sunday After Pentecost at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave in West Brattleboro.
East Brainerd congregation offers free church weddings.
McFadden continues series based on 'Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.
The city's lone Jewish congregation has closed its temple, which is being donated to the city for municipal use.
Funeral services for Sheryl Ann Galbraith , 49, of Spencer, were held Monday, Sept 24, 2007, at First Congregational Church in Spencer.
Funeral services for Sheryl Galbraith , 49, of Spencer, will be held Monday, Sept 24, 2007, at First Congregational Church in Spencer.
Fortunately for Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, a Reform synagogue looking to leave Newark in the 1960's, its rabbi and one of the state's patricians shared a taste for the United States Virgin Islands.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug 5, 2010 at 10:30 am at the First Congregational Church in Spencer.
Funeral services for Mr Wilbur "Willie" Hebbel , 82, of Spencer, will be held at 1:30 pm, today, Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008, at First Congregational Church of Spencer.

In science:

That is, zeros tend almost surely to congregate in highly (positively) curved regions.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
In the absence of signi ficant rotation in the stellar population, this lost mass will congregate in the potential well.
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
Currently there is no clear congregation around a single definition that can unambiguously define the surface of a black hole.
Black holes and black hole thermodynamics without event horizons
It provides a new way to combine quantum indeterminism with the tendency of bosons to congregate indistinguishably.
A Robust Quantum Random Number Generator Based on Bosonic Stimulation
We gathered evidence that product of a quantum channel and its complex congregate with a Bell state input gives the least output entropy.
Towards a state minimizing the output entropy of a tensor product of random quantum channels
This is consistent to the observation discussed earlier in Figure 1, where the feature groups congregate in the regions of the beard, mustache and silhouette of the face to form the affiliated feature groups.
Discovering Support and Affiliated Features from Very High Dimensions
Although, it is commonly believed that normal galaxies assembled from the merger of smaller subunits and that they, in turn congregated into clusters, we still do not what were the first self-gravitating structures to form in the expanding universe.
New Problems for a New Century
From the nearby Galactic circumstances we know that gas has to get congregate into giant molecular clouds, which “fragment” into a whole range of compact “subclumps”.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Recently, collaborative tagging systems have attracted massive user communities: Novak et al. report that in January 2006 Flickr congregated about one million users. Similarly, reached one million users in September 2006 .
Tracking User Attention in Collaborative Tagging Communities