- to cause too much blood, mucus, etc. to accumulate in the vessels of (a part of the body)
- to clog with mucus or other bodily fluid: congested sinuses
- to fill to excess; overcrowd: a congested highway
Origin of congestfrom Classical Latin congestus, past participle of congerere, to bring together, pile up from com-, together + gerere, to carry, perform
to become congested
verbcon·gest·ed, con·gest·ing, con·gests
- To overfill or overcrowd: Trucks congested the tunnel.
- Medicine To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in (a vessel or organ).
To become congested.
Origin of congestLatin congerere congest- to heap up, crowd together com- com- gerere to carry
- In Ireland and Scotland, a tenant living on land whose resources do not support him adequately.
- The large farmer's land was divided among adjoining congests.
(third-person singular simple present congests, present participle congesting, simple past and past participle congested)