Definition of ate

 (Entry 1 of 6)

past tense of eat


\ ˈä-tē How to pronounce Ate (audio) , ˈā-(ˌ)tē; ˈä-ˌtā How to pronounce Ate (audio) \

Definition of Ate (Entry 2 of 6)

: a Greek goddess personifying foolhardy and ruinous impulse

Definition of -ate (Entry 3 of 6)

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

Definition of -ate (Entry 4 of 6)

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

Definition of -ate (Entry 5 of 6)

: marked by having craniate

Definition of -ate (Entry 6 of 6)

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

First Known Use of ate


1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ate


Greek Atē

Noun suffix (1)

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

Noun suffix (2)

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

Adjective suffix

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

Verb suffix

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

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Kids Definition of ate

past tense of eat

\ ət, ˌāt\

Kids Definition of -ate

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: one acted upon in such a way duplicate

Kids Definition of -ate (Entry 2 of 5)

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

Kids Definition of -ate (Entry 3 of 5)

: marked by having vertebrate
\ ˌāt\

Kids Definition of -ate (Entry 4 of 5)

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


Medical Definition of ate

past of eat

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