group meaning

[ gru:p ] Pronunciation:   "group" in a sentence
Noun: group  groop
  1. Any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    - grouping 
  2. (chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
    - radical, chemical group 
  3. A set that is closed, associative, has an identity element and every element has an inverse
    - mathematical group
Verb: group  groop
  1. Arrange into a group or groups
    "Can you group these shapes together?" 
  2. Form a group or group together
    - aggroup

Derived forms: groups, grouped, grouping

See also: grouping

Type of: abstract entity, abstraction, assemble, assort, building block, class, classify, foregather, forgather, gather, meet, separate, set, sort, sort out, unit

Part of: molecule

Encyclopedia: Group


[Business]
noun [C with sing./pl. verb]

ACTION GROUP, AGE GROUP, BUZZ GROUP, CONSUMER GROUP, FOCUS GROUP, INCOME GROUP, INVESTOR GROUP, PEER GROUP, PRESSURE GROUP, REFERENCE GROUP, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP, T-GROUP, TASK GROUP, TRAINING GROUP, WORKING GROUP

1 (also group of companies)

a number of companies that are owned by the same person or organization:

a media group

the chief executive of Vodafone Group

The group's shares fell 11% yesterday.

the group sales director

an external audit of the group accounts (= accounts showing the costs, profit, etc. for each part of the group)

The investments in the fixed assets in the group's balance sheet amounted to €0.6 million.

2

a number of people or things that are together in the same place or that are connected in some way:

A small group of us got together and started a business.

A group of 10 banks will provide the new loan.

a group discussion/interview

VOCABULARY BUILDING

Subsidiaries and groups of companies

A subsidiary is a company that is controlled by another company, called a holding company or a parent company. (See note at HOLDING COMPANY)

Companies that are subsidiaries of the same holding/parent company are often called sister companies, related companies or affiliates:

We share customer information with our affiliates.

A holding/parent company and its subsidiaries are called a group or group of companies.

Often the word Holdings or Group is used in the names of holding/parent companies:

InterContinental Hotels Group, parent company of Holiday Inn


[Defence]

1. A flexible administrative and tactical unit composed of either two or more battalions or two or more squadrons.
The term also applies to combat support and combat service support units.
2. A number of ships and/or aircraft, normally a subdivision of a force, assigned for a specific purpose.
3. A long-standing functional organization that is formed to support a broad function within a joint force commander’s headquarters.
Also called GP.
(JP 3-33)

[Economics]
A parent undertaking and its subsidiary or subsidiaries.

See:

consolidation, consolidated financial statements.


[Electronics]
1. A series of computer storage locations containing a specific record or records.
2. The data in these locations.
3. A record set having a common key value in a sorted file.

Examples

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  1. she imposed her ideas on the group.
  2. people were standing about in small groups.
  3. kazeh is only a group of six vast excavations.
  4. this structure is called the heme group.
  5. a group of ladies surrounded the captain.

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