ate

Definition of ate

  • past tense of eat

Ate

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noun \ ˈä-tē , ˈā-(ˌ)tē ; ˈä-ˌtā \

Definition of Ate

:a Greek goddess personifying foolhardy and ruinous impulse

Origin and Etymology of ate

Greek Atē

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


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-ate

noun suffix

Definition of -ate

1 :one acted upon (in a specified way)
  • distillate
2
[New Latin -atum, from Latin]
:chemical compound or complex anion derived from a (specified) compound or element
  • phenolate
; especially :salt or ester of an acid with a name ending in -ic and not beginning with hydro-
  • borate

Origin and Etymology of -ate

Middle English -at, from Anglo-French, from Latin -atus, -atum, masculine & neuter of -atus, past participle ending


2

-ate

noun suffix

Definition of -ate

1 :office :function :rank :group of persons holding a (specified) office or rank or having a (specified) function
  • vicarate
2 :state :dominion :jurisdiction
  • emirate
  • khanate

Origin and Etymology of -ate

Middle English -at, from Anglo-French, from Latin -atus, from -a-, stem vowel of 1st conjugation + -tus, suffix of verbal nouns


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-ate

adjective suffix

Definition of -ate

:marked by having
  • craniate

Origin and Etymology of -ate

Middle English -at, from Latin -atus, from past participle ending of 1st conjugation verbs, from -a-, stem vowel of 1st conjugation + -tus, past participle suffix — more at -ed


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-ate

verb suffix

Definition of -ate

:act on (in a specified way)
  • insulate
:cause to be modified or affected by
  • camphorate
:cause to become
  • activate
:furnish with
  • capacitate

Origin and Etymology of -ate

Middle English -aten, from Latin -atus, past participle ending


ATE Defined for Kids

ate

Definition of ate for Students

  • past tense of eat

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-ate

noun suffix \ ət , ˌāt \

Definition of -ate for Students

:one acted upon in such a way
  • duplicate

2

-ate

noun suffix

Definition of -ate for Students

:office :rank :group of persons holding such an office or rank

3

-ate

adjective suffix

Definition of -ate for Students

:marked by having
  • vertebrate

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-ate

verb suffix \ ˌāt \

Definition of -ate for Students

1 :cause to be changed or affected by
  • pollinate
2 :cause to become
  • activate
3 :furnish with
  • aerate

Medical Dictionary

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medical Definition of ate



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