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noun [countable] group pronunciation in British English /ɡruːp/
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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.
    1. a.
      a small number of things, especially things that are not physical objects
      a group of words that make up a phrase
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  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
    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’.
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  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.
    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.
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  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
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  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.


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