One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Forming nouns denoting status or office.‘doctorate’‘episcopate’
- 1.1 Forming nouns denoting a state or function.‘curate’‘mandate’
- 1.1 Forming nouns denoting a state or function.
2Forming nouns denoting a group.‘electorate’
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’
From Old French -at or Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.
1Forming adjectives and nouns such as associate, duplicate, separate.
2Forming adjectives from Latin.‘caudate’
From Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.
Forming verbs such as fascinate, hyphenate.
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.
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