congest (v.) early 15c., "to bring together" (trans.), from L. congestus, pp. of congerere "to bring together, pile up," from com- "together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + gerere "to carry, perform." Medical sense of "unnatural accumulation" (1758) led to transferred (intrans.) sense of "overcrowd" (1859). Related: Congested; congesting.

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  • Congest — Con*gest , v. t. [L. congestus, p. p. of congere to bring together; con + gerere. See {Gerund}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To collect or gather into a mass or aggregate; to bring together; to accumulate. [1913 Webster] To what will thy congested guilt… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • congest — index concentrate (consolidate), obstruct, overload Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • congest — [kən jest′] vt. [< L congestus, pp. of congerere, to bring together, pile up < com , together + gerere, to carry, perform] 1. a) to cause too much blood, mucus, etc. to accumulate in the vessels of (a part of the body) b) to clog with mucus …   English World dictionary

  • congest — (esp. as congested adj.) affect with congestion; obstruct, block (congested streets; congested lungs). Derivatives: congestive adj. Etymology: L congerere congest (as com , gerere bring) …   Useful english dictionary

  • congest — verb Etymology: Latin congestus, past participle of congerere to bring together, from com + gerere to bear Date: 1599 transitive verb 1. to concentrate in a small or narrow space 2. to cause an excessive accumulation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • congest — congestible, adj. congestive, adj. /keuhn jest /, v.t. 1. to fill to excess; overcrowd or overburden; clog: The subway entrance was so congested that no one could move. 2. Pathol. to cause an unnatural accumulation of blood or other fluid in (a… …   Universalium

  • congest — verb To overfill or overcrowd. See Also: congestion, decongestant …   Wiktionary

  • congest — Synonyms and related words: bar, bind, block, block up, blockade, brim, bung, caulk, charge, chink, chock, choke, choke off, choke up, clog, clog up, close, compact, compress, concentrate, condense, consolidate, constipate, cork, cover, cram,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • congest — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. overfill, clog, block; plug, stop, or stuff up; [over]crowd, jam, choke, cram; constipate. See closure. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To plug up something, as a hole, space, or container: block,… …   English dictionary for students

  • congest — con·gest || kÉ™n dÊ’est v. clog, crowd, fill overly full; become congested, become clogged; cause congestion …   English contemporary dictionary

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