group


group
group n Group, cluster, bunch, parcel, lot mean a collection or assemblage of persons or of things.
Group implies some unifying relationship, however tenuous (as a similarity of activity, of purpose, or of nature), and ordinarily a degree of physical closeness
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a group waiting for the bus

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the group of workers unloading the cargo

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a group of partisans

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a group of soldiers in the picture

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man can only make progress in cooperative groupsBagehot

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a group of statues in the museum

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a group of islands

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an ethnic group

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Cluster basically refers to a group of things (as fruits or flowers) growing closely together
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a cluster of grapes

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climbing roses producing clusters of flowers

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In extended use the term may be applied to persons or things that form distinguishable groups and especially smaller groups within larger masses
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the people at the reception gathered in clusters

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clusters of small yachts in the har- bor

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cataloging the clusters of stars

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Clem Henry's house was in a cluster of Negro cabins below Arch's big house— Caldwell

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Bunch (see also BUNDLE) often replaces cluster in referring to natural groups of certain edible fruits (as grapes or bananas). In its extended uses it implies a natural or homogeneous association of like persons or things and carries a weaker implication of a common origin or point of growth than cluster usually does
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Clara is by far the best swimmer of the bunch

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a bunch of keys

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girls with bunches of streamers which they flicked in your face as you passed— Bennett

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a piece about a bunch of hillbillies in the South, each one almost precisely as crazy and lovable as the next— Gibbs

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Parcel and lot refer to a separate or detached collection of persons or things.
Parcel in this sense (see also PART, BUNDLE) usually carries some implication of disapproval of the thing so grouped
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a parcel of lies

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became merely a . . . parcel of tricks— Binyon

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lessons to a parcel of young girls thumping out scales with their thick fingers— Galsworthy

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a parcel of giddy young kids— Mark Twain

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Lot applies to persons or things that are associated or should for one reason or another be thought of or treated as a whole
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the auctioneer sold the books in lots

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the men in this battalion are an interesting lot

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the future generation of scientists will be a sorry lot if the best teachers leave the academic circles— Rabi

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till you have read a good lot of the Fathers— Keble

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I could ignore the fuzzy doings on the screen, knowing that if you have slept through one you've slept through the lotMalcolm

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When the plural is used, the idea of grouping is lost or obscured and the implication of numbers or quantity increases
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I have lots of time for that

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there were lots and lots of children there

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Analogous words: *company, party, band, troop, troupe: *set, circle, coterie, clique: *crowd, mob, horde

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