AskDefine | Define group

Dictionary Definition



1 any number of entities (members) considered as a unit [syn: grouping]
2 (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule [syn: radical, chemical group]
3 a set that is closed, associative, has an identity element and every element has an inverse [syn: mathematical group]


1 arrange into a group or groups; "Can you group these shapes together?"
2 form a group or group together [syn: aggroup]

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Alternative spellings



From groupe.


  1. A number of things or persons being in some relation to one another.
    There is a group of houses behind the hill.
    A group of people gathered in front of the Parliament to demonstrate against the Prime Minister's proposals.
    He left town to join a Communist group
  2. A set with an associative binary operation, under which there exists an identity element, and such that each element has an inverse.
  3. A (usually small) group of people who perform music together.
    Did you see the new jazz group?
  4. A small number (up to about fifty) of galaxies that are near each other.
  5. A column in the periodic table of chemical elements.
  6. A functional entity consisting of certain atoms whose presence provides a certain property to a molecule, such as the methyl group.
  7. A subset of a culture or of a society.
  8. An air force formation.
  9. A collection of formations or rock strata.
  10. In the Unix operating system, a number of users with same rights with respect to accession, modification, and execution of files, computers and peripherals.


  • (number of things or persons being in some relation to each other): collection, set
  • (people who perform music together): band, ensemble
number of things or persons being in some relation to each other
in group theory
  • Chinese: 團體, 团体 (tuántǐ)
  • Croatian: grupa
  • Czech: grupa
  • Danish: gruppe
  • Dutch: groep
  • Esperanto: grupo
  • Finnish: ryhmä
  • French: groupe
  • German: Gruppe
  • Greek: ομάδα (omáda)
  • Hebrew: קבוצה
  • Hungarian: csoport
  • Italian: gruppo
  • Japanese: (gun)
  • Portuguese: grupo
  • Spanish: grupo
  • Swedish: grupp
people who perform music together
  • Croatian: grupa
  • Czech: skupina
  • German: Gruppe
  • Greek: συγκρότημα (syngkrótima)
  • Hebrew: להקה
  • Hungarian: együttes
  • Persian: (goruh')
  • Spanish: grupo
small number of galaxies
column in the periodic table
  • Catalan: grup
  • Croatian: grupa
  • Dutch: groep
  • Esperanto: grupo
  • German: Gruppe
  • Hungarian: csoport
  • Italian: gruppo
  • Portuguese: grupo
  • Spanish: grupo
functional entity consisting of certain atoms whose presence provides a certain property to a molecule
subset of a culture or of a society
  • Chinese (traditional): (zǔ)
  • Croatian: grupa
  • German: Gruppe
air force formation
  • Chinese (traditional): 飛行大隊 (fēixíng dàduì)
  • Hebrew: להק
collection of formations or rock strata
in Unix


  1. To put together to form a group.



to put together to form a group

Extensive Definition

Group can refer to:
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In the military:
In science and mathematics:
In computing:
On the internet:
In animals:
  • Dog Breeds Groups, the Group or category to which breeds of dogs are assigned by Kennel Clubs
group in Arabic: مجموعة
group in Bulgarian: Група
group in Catalan: Grup
group in Czech: Skupina
group in Welsh: Grŵp
group in Danish: Gruppe
group in German: Gruppe
group in Spanish: Grupo
group in Esperanto: Grupo
group in French: Groupe
group in Korean: 그룹
group in Ido: Grupo
group in Italian: Gruppo
group in Georgian: ჯგუფი
group in Lithuanian: Grupė
group in Hungarian: Csoport (egyértelműsítő lap)
group in Dutch: Groep
group in Japanese: グループ
group in Norwegian: Gruppe
group in Norwegian Nynorsk: Gruppe
group in Polish: Grupa
group in Portuguese: Grupo
group in Romanian: Grup
group in Russian: Группа
group in Slovak: Skupina (sociológia)
group in Serbian: Група
group in Finnish: Ryhmä
group in Swedish: Grupp
group in Thai: กรุ๊ป
who are the members of the groups

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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