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noun [countable] group pronunciation in British English /ɡruːp/
Word Forms
  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

    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. 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. 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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