Definition of flock verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flock

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//flɒk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɑːk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flock
BrE BrE//flɒk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɑːk//
 
he / she / it flocks
BrE BrE//flɒks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɑːks//
 
past simple flocked
BrE BrE//flɒkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɑːkt//
 
past participle flocked
BrE BrE//flɒkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//flɑːkt//
 
-ing form flocking
BrE BrE//ˈflɒkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɑːkɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [intransitive] to go or gather together somewhere in large numbers + adv./prep. Thousands of people flocked to the beach this weekend. Huge numbers of birds had flocked together by the lake. flock to do something People flocked to hear him speak.
  • Word Originverb Old English flocc, of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘a band or body of people’: this became obsolete, but has been reintroduced as a transferred use of the sense ‘a number of animals kept together’. Idioms
    birds of a feather (flock together)
     
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    (saying) people of the same sort (are found together)
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