Definition of colligate
1 : to bind, unite, or group together
2 : to subsume (isolated facts) under a general concept
: to be or become a member of a group or unit
Did You Know?
Colligate descends from Latin colligare, itself from "com-" ("with") plus "ligare" ("to tie"). Which of the following words is NOT tied to "ligare"? "Ligature," "ligament," "lien," "rely," "ally," "oblige," "furl," and "league" (in the sense of "an association of persons, groups, or teams") can all be traced back along varying paths to "ligare." That leaves only "collocate," which means "to set side by side" and comes from "com-" plus locare, meaning "to place."
Origin of colligate
Latin colligatus, past participle of colligare, from com- + ligare to tie — more at ligature
First Known Use: 1545
Rhymes with colligate
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