congest (v.)

early 15c., "to bring together" (transitive), from Latin congestus, past participle of congerere "to bring together, pile up," from com "with, together" (see com-) + gerere "to carry, perform" (see gest). Medical sense of "unnatural accumulation" (1758) led to transferred (intransitive) sense of "overcrowd" (1859). Related: Congested; congesting.

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