con·​cat·​e·​nate | \ kän-ˈka-tə-nət How to pronounce concatenate (audio) , kən- \

Definition of concatenate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: linked together


con·​cat·​e·​nate | \ kän-ˈka-tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce concatenate (audio) , kən- \
concatenated; concatenating

Definition of concatenate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to link together in a series or chain … a theory is useful to concatenate facts …— John Pinkerton

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Concatenate comes directly from Latin concatenare, which in turn is formed from con-, meaning "with" or "together," and catena, meaning "chain." In fact, the word chain itself evolved from "catena." "Concatenate" has a somewhat longer history as an adjective, meaning "linked together," than as a verb. The adjective first appeared in English in the 15th century and the verb was in use by the early 17th century. "Catenate," a verb in its own right meaning "to link in a series," had also arrived on the scene by the early 17th century.

Examples of concatenate in a Sentence

Verb concatenate several lists of instructions into a single master file the movie actually concatenates into one extended narrative several episodes from various books in the series

First Known Use of concatenate


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concatenate

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, from Late Latin concatenatus, past participle of concatenare to link together, from Latin com- + catena chain

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“Concatenate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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con·​cat·​e·​nate | \ kän-ˈkat-ə-nət, kən- How to pronounce concatenate (audio) \

Medical Definition of concatenate

: linked together

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