conglobate

verb

con·​glo·​bate kän-ˈglō-ˌbāt How to pronounce conglobate (audio)
kən-
conglobated; conglobating

transitive verb

: to form into a round compact mass
conglobate
kän-ˈglō-bət How to pronounce conglobate (audio)
-ˌbāt
kən-
adjective
conglobation noun

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Conglobate descends from the Latin verb conglobare, which in turn comes from the prefix con- (meaning "with" or " together") and "globus" (meaning "globe"). "Conglobare" also means "to form into a ball," and in the 16th century it gave us the word conglobe, of the same meaning. A century after "conglobe" first appeared in print, its cousin "conglobate" arrived on the scene. You may be wondering if the word glob is a relative too. "Glob" isn't linked directly to "conglobate," but it does have a possible link to "globe." Etymologists think that "glob" might have originated as a blend of "globe" and "blob."

Word History

Etymology

Latin conglobatus, past participle of conglobare, from com- + globus globe

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conglobate was in 1635

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Cite this Entry

“Conglobate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conglobate. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

conglobate

transitive verb
con·​glo·​bate kän-ˈglō-ˌbāt, kən- How to pronounce conglobate (audio)
conglobated; conglobating
: to form into a round compact mass
conglobate adjective
conglobation noun
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