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GREGARIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gregarious mean? 

GREGARIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective GREGARIOUS has 3 senses:

1. (of animals) tending to form a group with others of the same species
2. instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others
3. (of plants) growing in groups that are close together

  Familiarity information: GREGARIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


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GREGARIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1gregarious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of animals) tending to form a group with others of the same species

Context example:

gregarious bird species

Similar:

social (tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind)

Also:

social (living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups)

Attribute:

gregariousness (the quality of being gregarious--having a dislike of being alone)

Domain category:

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)

Antonym:

ungregarious ((of animals) not gregarious)


Sense 2gregarious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

Context example:

he is a gregarious person who avoids solitude

Similar:

social (living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups)


Sense 3gregarious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of plants) growing in groups that are close together

Similar:

clustered (growing close together but not in dense mats)

Domain category:

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)

Antonym:

ungregarious ((of plants) growing together in groups that are not close together)


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