Meaning of GROUP in English

/ gruːp; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun [ C +sing./pl. v . ]


a number of people or things that are together in the same place or that are connected in some way :

a group of girls / trees / houses

A group of us are going to the theatre this evening.

Students stood around in groups waiting for their results.

The residents formed a community action group.

English is a member of the Germanic group of languages

The proportion of single parent families varies between different income groups.

a minority group

ethnic groups

a group activity (= done by a number of people working together)

She asked her students to get into groups of four.

to work in groups

—see also subgroup

HELP NOTE : There are many other compounds ending in group . You will find them at their place in the alphabet.


( business ) a number of companies that are owned by the same person or organization :

a newspaper group

the Burton group

the group sales director


(rather old-fashioned ) a number of musicians who perform together, especially to play pop music :

She sings in a rock group.

■ verb


group (sb/sth) (round / around sb/sth) | group (sb/sth) (together) to gather into a group; to make sb/sth form a group :

[ vn ]

The children grouped themselves around their teacher.

[ v ]

We all grouped around the tree for a photograph.

The colleges grouped together to offer a wider range of courses.


[ vn ] to divide people or things into groups of people or things that are similar in some way :

The books are grouped together by subject.

Contestants were grouped according to age and ability.



late 17th cent.: from French groupe , from Italian gruppo , of Germanic origin; related to crop .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.