Main definitions of -ate in English

: -ate1-ate2-ate3

-ate1

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns denoting status or office.

    ‘doctorate’
    ‘episcopate’
    1. 1.1 Forming nouns denoting a state or function.
      ‘curate’
      ‘mandate’
  • 2Forming nouns denoting a group.

    ‘electorate’
  • 3Chemistry
    Forming nouns denoting a salt or ester, especially of an acid with a corresponding name ending in -ic.

    ‘chlorate’
    ‘nitrate’
  • 4Forming nouns denoting a product of a chemical process.

    ‘condensate’
    ‘filtrate’

Origin

From Old French -at or Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.

Pronunciation

-ate

/ət/

Main definitions of -ate in English

: -ate1-ate2-ate3

-ate2

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives and nouns such as associate, duplicate, separate.

  • 2Forming adjectives from Latin.

    ‘caudate’

Origin

From Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.

Pronunciation

-ate

/ət/

Main definitions of -ate in English

: -ate1-ate2-ate3

-ate3

suffix

  • Forming verbs such as fascinate, hyphenate.

Origin

From -ate; originally forms were based on existing past participial adjectives ending in -atus, but were later extended to any Latin verb ending in -are and to French verbs ending in -er.

Pronunciation

-ate

/eɪt/