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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.


  1. participate

    Participate generally means to take part or become involved in an activity or event. It often implies active engagement or contribution rather than mere presence or observation.

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. Bernie Sanders:

    I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, so, I believe that people commit crimes, they pay the price. When they got out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right to vote. But I do believe, even if they are in jail, they are paying their price to society, but [also] that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.

  2. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso:

    We have been asking to ensure debt sustainability taking into account its impact on environment and society, we could (consider to participate) if these issues are guaranteed. There could be a chance that we would go inside and discuss. But so far we have not heard any responses.

  3. Kevin Grimes:

    We were asked to participate in this trial and we jumped at it, we see people that are getting sicker and then they get better.

  4. Mona Charen:

    How can conservative women hope to have any credibility on the subject of sexual harassment or relations between the sexes when they excuse the behavior of President Trump? and how can we participate in any conversation about sexual ethics when the Republican President and the Republican Party backed a man (Roy Moore) credibly accused of child molestation for the United States Senate?

  5. Carl Pickhardt:

    You can choose to say something or not, but at least you can be here to hear what my concerns are and hear what the other person has to say, i've never had a kid not participate.

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