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tr. & intr.v. con·gre·gat·ed, con·gre·gat·ing, con·gre·gates
To bring or come together in a group, crowd, or assembly. See Synonyms at gather.
adj. (-gĭt)
Involving a group: congregate living facilities for senior citizens.

[Middle English congregaten, from Latin congregāre, congregāt- : com-, com- + gregāre, to assemble (from grex, greg-, herd; see ger- in Indo-European roots).]

con′gre·ga′tive adj.
con′gre·ga′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.congregating - the act of congregating
gathering, assemblage, assembly - the social act of assembling; "they demanded the right of assembly"
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Some of these, congregating about the inn-yard while we changed horses, told us of great sheets of lead having been ripped off a high church-tower, and flung into a by-street, which they then blocked up.
A few inches from her was the open doorway of the structure, and beyond, farther down the village street, the blacks were congregating about the prisoners, who were already being bound to the stakes.
As she left her apartments to make her way to the gardens where the guests were congregating, two warriors, the insignia of the House of the Prince of Helium upon their harness, followed a few paces behind her, grim reminders that the assassin's blade may never be ignored upon Barsoom, where, in a measure, it counterbalances the great natural span of human life, which is estimated at not less than a thousand years.
Mark was brave enough to get some close-up shots of the bees, capturing them congregating in a mass on his garden fence.
A spokesman for the neighbourhood policing team said: "We have had no complaints from businesses or local residents with regards to youths congregating at this location.
Youths have been seen congregating in the area, and officers are keen to point out the dangers of being next to the lines.
Some 30,000 people marched through the streets of Barcelona on Wednesday after congregating at around 12pm.
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The six-month order allows police to disperse groups of two or more people seen congregating in the area.
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The Kingsgate is playing music by composers such as Bach and Mozart through speakers installed at the entrance on King Street to discourage young people from congregating.
Other concerns include light pollution, noise and nuisance from young people congregating.