col·​li·​gate | \ ˈkä-lə-ˌgāt How to pronounce colligate (audio) \
colligated; colligating

Definition of colligate

transitive verb

1 : to bind, unite, or group together
2 : to subsume (isolated facts) under a general concept

intransitive verb

: to be or become a member of a group or unit

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colligation \ ˌkä-​lə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce colligate (audio) \ noun

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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."

First Known Use of colligate

1545, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for colligate

Latin colligatus, past participle of colligare, from com- + ligare to tie — more at ligature

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“Colligate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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