Meaning of GROUP in English

I. ˈgrüp noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: French groupe, from Italian gruppo, by-form of groppo knot, tangle, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kropf craw — more at crop

Date: 1686

1. : two or more figures forming a complete unit in a composition


a. : a number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship

b. : an assemblage of objects regarded as a unit


(1) : a military unit consisting of a headquarters and attached battalions

(2) : a unit of the United States Air Force higher than a squadron and lower than a wing


a. : an assemblage of related organisms — often used to avoid taxonomic connotations when the kind or degree of relationship is not clearly defined


(1) : two or more atoms joined together or sometimes a single atom forming part of a molecule ; especially : functional group

a methyl group

(2) : an assemblage of elements forming one of the vertical columns of the periodic table

c. : a stratigraphic division comprising rocks deposited during an era

4. : a mathematical set that is closed under a binary associative operation, contains an identity element, and has an inverse for every element

II. verb

Date: 1718

transitive verb

1. : to combine in a group

2. : to assign to a group : classify

intransitive verb

1. : to form a group

2. : to belong to a group

3. : to make groups of closely spaced hits on a target

the gun group ed beautifully — R. C. Ruark

• group·able ˈgrü-pə-bəl adjective

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