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Definition of congregation
1a group of people assembled for religious worship. a group of people regularly attending a particular place of worship:that church took the place of the storefront the congregation had used before the war 2a gathering or collection of people, animals, or things:large congregations of birds may cause public harm the action of gathering together in a crowd:drought conditions lead to congregation of animals around watering points 3 (often Congregation) (in the Roman Catholic Church) a permanent committee of the College of Cardinals:the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith British (in some universities) a general assembly of resident senior members. 4a group of people obeying a common religious rule but under less solemn vows than members of the older religious orders:the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady a group of communities within a religious order sharing particular historical or regional links.