Definition of -ate suffix from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    -ate

     suffix
    suffix
    NAmE//ət//
     
    , NAmE//eɪt//
     
     
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  1. 1(in adjectives) full of or having the quality of passionate Italianate
  2. 2(in verbs)
    NAmE//eɪt//
     
    to give the thing or quality mentioned to hyphenate activate
  3. 3(in nouns) the status or function of a doctorate
  4. 4(in nouns) a group with the status or function of the electorate
  5. 5(chemistry) (in nouns) a salt formed by the action of a particular acid sulfate
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