Main definitions of -ate in English

: -ate1-ate2-ate3

-ate1

suffix

  • 1Forming nouns:

    1. 1.1 Denoting status or office:
      ‘doctorate’
      ‘episcopate’
    2. 1.2 Denoting a group:
      ‘electorate’
    3. 1.3Chemistry Denoting a salt or ester, especially of an acid with a corresponding name ending in -ic:
      ‘chlorate’
      ‘nitrate’
    4. 1.4 Denoting a product of a chemical process:
      ‘condensate’
      ‘filtrate’
  • 2

    1. 2.1 Denoting a state or function:
      ‘curate’
      ‘mandate’

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/