Difference between aggregate and congregate?

It says in the context that “all these and other reasons may lead people to aggregate, but once congregated, they then live differently and become different.” What does the sentence mean and what are the differences between the two words?

Hi cooliegirly,

Glad you’ve come back to the forum.

You asked:

This could mean: For all these reasons people may combine together (in theory) but once they have actually come together and met each other, they then have different life styles and actually turn into different people.

This is really an attempt to play on the two words aggregate and congregate, the first meaning combine into a group and the second to come together to meet. You could be talking about a group that appear to be the same (aggregate) but once they’ve actually gathered together (congregate) their differences become apparent.


Ah, I see! Thank you!!!