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Definitions for participate
pɑrˈtɪs əˌpeɪtpar·tic·i·pate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. participate, take partverb

    share in something

  2. enter, participateverb

    become a participant; be involved in

    "enter a race"; "enter an agreement"; "enter a drug treatment program"; "enter negotiations"


  1. participateverb

    } To join in, to take part, to involve oneself (in something).

  2. participateverb

    To share, share in (something).

  3. participateverb

    To share (something) with others; to transfer (something) to or unto others.

  4. Etymology: From the participle stem of participare, from particeps, from pars + capere; see part and capable.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Participateverb

    To partake; to receive part of; to share.

    As Christ’s incarnation and passion can be available to no man’s good, which is not made partaker of Christ, neither can we participate him without his presence. Richard Hooker.

    The French seldom atchieved any honourable acts without Scottish hands, who therefore are to participate the glory with them. William Camden, Remains.

    Such as I seek, fit to participate
    All rational delight; wherein the brute
    Cannot be human consort. John Milton, Par. Lost.

  2. To Participateverb

    Etymology: participo, Lat. participer, Fr.

    Th’ other instruments
    Did see, and hear, devise, instruct, walk, feel;
    And mutually participate. William Shakespeare.

    An aged citizen brought forth all his provisions, and said, that as he did communicate unto them his store, so would he participate of their wants. John Hayward.

    His delivery, and thy joy thereon,
    In both which we, as next, participate. John Milton.

    Few creatures participate of the nature of plants and metals both. Francis Bacon.

    God, when heav’n and earth he did create,
    Form’d man, who should of both participate. John Denham.

    Those bodies, which are under a light, which is extended and distributed equally through all, should participate of each others colours. Dryden.

    The species of audibles seem to participate more with local motion, like percussions made upon the air. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Participateadjective

    acting in common; participating

  2. Participateverb

    to have a share in common with others; to take a part; to partake; -- followed by in, formely by of; as, to participate in a debate

  3. Participateverb

    to partake of; to share in; to receive a part of

  4. Participateverb

    to impart, or give, or share of

  5. Etymology: [L. participatus, p. p. of participare to participate; pars, partis, part + capere to take. See Part, and Capacious.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Participate

    pär-tis′i-pāt, v.i. to partake: to have a share.—v.t. to receive a part or share of.—n. Pär′ticeps crim′inis, one who, although not present, helps in any way the commission of a crime, or who after the deed assists or hides the person who did it.—adjs. Partic′ipable, capable of being participated in or shared; Partic′ipant, participating: sharing.—n. a partaker.—adv. Partic′ipantly.—n. Participā′tion.—adj. Partic′ipātive, capable of participating.—n. Partic′ipātor, one who partakes with another: a sharer. [L. participāre, -ātumpars, part, capĕre, to take.]

Editors Contribution

  1. participate

    Be involved or contribute.

    They do participate on the football pitch.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'participate' in Verbs Frequency: #579

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of participate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of participate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of participate in a Sentence

  1. Hannah White:

    If an MP started saying in public 'I wasn't able to participate' for whatever reason … that is potentially difficult from a legitimacy point of view.

  2. Russell Okung:

    No matter your background, no matter your ethnicity, you deserve a chance to fully participate in the future of our economy, we're preaching the gospel that you matter, where you're from matters, and if you want to solve problems from places in which you come from, you can do it.

  3. David Souter:

    The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation.

  4. Hossein Bahman Abadi:

    Who says people won't participate ? People will participate, this is the slogan of foreign media who are suggesting that people aren't taking part.

  5. The NHL:

    The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association will retain full authority to decide not to participate should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of NHL Players, or for any other reason that may warrant such decision.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. monish
    • B. descant
    • C. gloat
    • D. excogitate

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