Definition of congest in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Crowd (a road or place) so as to hinder or prevent freedom of movement.

    ‘uncontrolled development will congest our streets’
    • ‘crowds of shoppers were congesting the outlets and malls’
    • ‘the traffic flow will congest in this area’
  • 2Cause (a part of the body) to fill abnormally with blood or other fluid.

    ‘high-pressured adrenaline congested my veins’
    • ‘the tonsils congest and swell’
    1. 2.1Block (the respiratory tract) with mucus so as to hinder breathing.
      • ‘drinking alcohol in the evening can congest nasal passages’



/kənˈjest/ /kənˈdʒɛst/