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noun [countable]     group pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    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.

  2. 2
    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.

    1. a.
      [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. 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

    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. 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.

    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. 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. 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.

  7. 7
    linguistics a word or words that act as a unit in a clause, such as a noun group, a verb group, or an adjective group. For example in the sentence ‘This road can get very busy’, ‘this road’ is a noun group, ‘can get’ is a verb group, and ‘very busy’ is an adjective group.
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