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Origin and Etymology of concatenate
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of concatenate
- … a theory is useful to concatenate facts …
- —John Pinkerton
concatenationplay \(ˌ)kän-ˌka-tə-ˈnā-shən, kən-\ noun
Examples of concatenate in a Sentence
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
Did You Know?
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.
Synonymscatenate, chain, compound, connect, conjugate, couple, hitch, hook, interconnect, interlink, join, link, yoke
Antonymsdisconnect, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, disunite, separate, unchain, uncouple, unhitch, unlink, unyoke
Related Wordsarticulate, dovetail, integrate, interlock, intermesh; cord, string, wire; cement, coalesce, combine, fuse, unite, weld
Near Antonymsdetach, disengage, divide, part, split; cleave, rupture, sever, sunder
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