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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to be or become a member of a group or unit
colligation 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."

Word History


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

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of colligate was in 1545


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“Colligate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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