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

  

participate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈtɪsɪpeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they participate
BrE BrE//pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈtɪsɪpeɪt//
 
he / she / it participates
BrE BrE//pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈtɪsɪpeɪts//
 
past simple participated
BrE BrE//pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈtɪsɪpeɪtɪd//
 
past participle participated
BrE BrE//pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈtɪsɪpeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form participating
BrE BrE//pɑːˈtɪsɪpeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɑːrˈtɪsɪpeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] participate (in something) (rather formal) to take part in or become involved in an activity She didn't participate in the discussion. We encourage students to participate fully in the running of the college. Details of the competition are available at all participating stores. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin participat- ‘shared in’, from the verb participare, based on pars, part- ‘part’ + capere ‘take’.Extra examples Other countries were invited to participate in the project. The women participated enthusiastically in literacy classes. They will have the opportunity to participate actively in the decision-making process. Twenty-four subjects voluntarily participated in the study. We teach students how to participate effectively in our society. She didn’t participate in the discussion. We want to encourage students to participate fully in the running of the college.
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