Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "congest" [con•gest]

  • To overfill or overcrowd: Trucks congested the tunnel. (verb-transitive)
  • Pathology To cause the accumulation of excessive blood or tissue fluid in (a vessel or organ). (verb-transitive)
  • To become congested. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "congest" in a sentence
  • "They (adminstration) have to check and make sure the nominee for a postion hasn't done anything more harmful than jay walking in their entire life or ........ the American public will hear about it for at least 7 days 24/7 by pundits, newscasters, and the other idiots allowed to congest our airways."
  • "Energy Transfer and Williams are fiercely competing to expand their natural-gas-distribution business at a time when vast new supplies of natural gas from rock deposits called shale are threatening to congest existing pipeline routes."
  • "God forbid they aren't given the opportunity to congest the local emergency room when they get a cold or a cough."