- 1[transitive, intransitive] to gather into a group; to make somebody/something form a group group somebody/something/yourself (round/around somebody/something) The children grouped themselves around their teacher. Most of the houses were grouped around the church. group round/around somebody/something We all grouped around the tree for a photograph. group (somebody/something) together The colleges grouped together to offer a wider range of courses.
- 2[transitive] group somebody/something (together) to divide people or things into groups of people or things that are similar in some way The books are grouped together by subject. Contestants were grouped according to age and ability. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French groupe, from Italian gruppo, of Germanic origin; related to crop.Extra examples Eggs were grouped according to colour and size. The England team was grouped with Uruguay and Holland. The children were grouped by age. The names were grouped under four different headings. These stories can be loosely grouped into three types. They sat grouped around the fire. Works in the exhibition are grouped thematically. Contestants are grouped according to age and ability. The proteins have been grouped into five different classes. Topics for the second year can be grouped under three headings.
BrE BrE//ɡruːp//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they group
BrE BrE//ɡruːp//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːp//he / she / it groups
BrE BrE//ɡruːps//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːps//past simple grouped
BrE BrE//ɡruːpt//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːpt//past participle grouped
BrE BrE//ɡruːpt//; NAmE NAmE//ɡruːpt//-ing form grouping
BrE BrE//ˈɡruːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡruːpɪŋ//