- ♦groups, grouping, grouped1) N-COUNT-COLL: oft N of n A group of people or things is a number of people or things which are together in one place at one time.
The trouble involved a small group of football supporters...
The students work in groups on complex problems.2) N-COUNT: usu supp N A group is a set of people who have the same interests or aims, and who organize themselves to work or act together.
...the Minority Rights Group...
Members of an environmental group are staging a protest inside a chemical plant.3) N-COUNT: usu supp N A group is a set of people, organizations, or things which are considered together because they have something in common.
She is among the most promising players in her age group...
As a group, today's old people are still relatively deprived.4) N-COUNT: usu supp N A group is a number of separate commercial or industrial firms which all have the same owner.
The group made a pre-tax profit of ₤1.05 million.
...a French-based insurance group.5) N-COUNT A group is a number of musicians who perform together, especially ones who play popular music.
At school he played bass in a pop group called The Urge.
...Billy Bragg's backing group.Syn:6) V-ERG If a number of things or people are grouped together or group together, they are together in one place or within one organization or system.
[be V-ed prep] The fact sheets are grouped into seven sections...
[V pl-n with together] The G-7 organization groups together the world's seven leading industrialized nations...
[V together] We want to encourage them to group together to act as a big purchaser. [Also V n prep]
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