If you take part in an activity or organization, you participate in it. For example, you participate in a conversation by listening to and talking with others, or you participate in a sport by joining a team and taking part in practices and games.

You can use the verb participate to mean "be involved in" or "share in." Sometimes it is easy to figure out who participates in something — the runners in a race, the people waiting their turn to audition for a part in a play. Sometimes it isn't so obvious. If two students cause trouble but the teacher punishes the whole class, it might be that in not stopping the troublemakers, she views everyone as having participated — just being there means they were involved.

Definitions of participate
  1. verb
    become a participant; be involved in
    synonyms: enter
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    chuck up the sponge, drop by the wayside, drop out, fall by the wayside, give up, quit, throw in, throw in the towel
    give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
    enter eagerly into
  2. verb
    share in something
    synonyms: take part
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    partake in
    be active in
    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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