verb col·li·gate \ˈkä-lə-ˌgāt\

Definition of colligate




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bind, unite, or group together

  3. 2 :  to subsume (isolated facts) under a general concept

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be or become a member of a group or unit


play \ˌkä-lə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

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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 and Etymology of colligate

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

First Known Use: 1545

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a brief usually trivial fact

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