I UK [ɡruːp] / US [ɡrup] noun [countable]
Word forms "group":
singular group plural groups
a) a small number of people who are together in the same place: can be followed by a singular or plural verb
group of:

There was a group of girls following him.

A group of her friends were waiting for her inside.

b) a small number of things, especially things that are not physical objects

a group of words that make up a phrase

a) a set of people who meet or do something together because they share the same purpose or ideas: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

The attack was carried out by a rebel group.

member of a group:

She was a member of a right-wing political group.

the leader of a group:

He became the leader of a paramilitary group.

join a group:

Why don't you join the local drama group?

form a group:

He eventually formed a religious group, the Church of Nagriamel.

b) [only before noun] done or made by a group

He didn't join in any of the group activities.

Being involved in a group decision can increase an individual's motivation.

3) a set of people, animals, or things that are considered together because they are similar in some way: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

people from different ethnic and minority groups

Firms should employ more people in the over-55 age group.

group of:

There are worries about the safety of this group of chemicals.

belong to a group:

Killer whales belong to the group known as "toothed whales".

4) one of the sets that a large number of people or things is divided into: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

We'll be put in the novice group.

All the test subjects in Group B were given the new drug.

Students can work individually, in pairs, or in groups.

groups of three/four/ten etc:

Can you get yourselves into groups of four, please?

split/divide someone into groups:

The boys were split into four groups.

5) a small number of musicians or singers who perform together regularly: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

members of a pop group

an all-female group

6) business an organization that consists of several companies or other institutions: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

The company is part of the Target group.

The Mirror Group already owned a satellite TV channel.

II UK [ɡruːp] / US [ɡrup] verb
Word forms "group":
present tense I/you/we/they group he/she/it groups present participle grouping past tense grouped past participle grouped
1) [transitive, usually passive] to put people or things into groups, especially groups in which the members are similar in some way

We were told to group the ideas under four headings.

group someone/something according to something:

The students are grouped according to ability.

group someone/something into something:

The topics have been grouped into broad categories.

group someone/something together:

All the cleaning services will be grouped together for convenience.

2) [transitive, usually passive] to be arranged in one or more groups, so that everything in each group is together in a place
group something around/along/on etc:

The new buildings will be grouped around a large courtyard.

3) [intransitive/transitive] to get into one or more groups

Can you group yourselves into threes?

group together:

I want everyone to group together over here.

English dictionary. 2014.


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