Definition of group noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡruːp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːp//
    [countable + singular or plural verb]
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  1. 1  a number of people or things that are together in the same place or that are connected in some way a group of girls/trees/houses A group of us is/are going to the theatre this evening. Students stood around in groups waiting for their results. The residents formed a community action group. English is a member of the Germanic group of languages The proportion of single-parent families varies between different income groups. a minority group ethnic groups a group activity (= done by a number of people working together) She asked her students to get into groups of four. to work in groups see also subgroup There are many other compounds ending in group. You will find them at their place in the alphabet.
  2. 2(business) a number of companies that are owned by the same person or organization a newspaper group the Burton group the group sales director
  3. 3(rather old-fashioned) a number of musicians who perform together, especially to play pop music She sings in a rock group.
  4. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French groupe, from Italian gruppo, of Germanic origin; related to crop.Extra examples Disabled drivers are an ever-growing minority group. He left the group last year to pursue a solo career. He started smoking because of peer-group pressure. Local parents have formed an action group to campaign for better road safety. She has a very wide group of friends. The animals live in family groups of 10–20 individuals. The gorillas go foraging for food as a group. The group formed back in 1992. The group has split up and re-formed several times with different musicians. The president met with a select group of senior ministers. The strangers who came together for the course soon became a cohesive group. There are fifteen of us in the group. We divided the class into small groups. What blood group are you? Within a group, each individual had a definite status. a discussion group that meets once a month a group of young mothers young people in this age group A large group of people had collected outside the building. Classes will involve both individual and group activities. Group therapy is not as popular as it used to be. I divided the class into groups of four. It costs $20 to join the group. Members of some ethnic groups say that the law is discriminatory. Minority groups are entitled to equal protection under the law. On the hillside was a little group of houses. Only group members are allowed to vote. Our group sales director attended the conference in Munich this year. People in the younger age groups tended to vote less. She goes to a drama group every Saturday. She worked with groups of college students who had literacy problems. Students were sitting around in groups on the grass. The Burton group announced its quarterly figures yesterday. The college has a small but active women’s group. They formed a small group that was later to grow into a major protest movement. This acquisition will make them the largest newspaper group in the world. We have set up a self-help group for victims of crime. What’s your blood group?
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