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conjugate

adjective con·ju·gate \ ˈkän-ji-gət , -jə-ˌgāt \

Definition of conjugate

1 a :joined together especially in pairs :coupled
  • a conjugate relationship
b :acting or operating as if joined
2 a :having features in common but opposite or inverse in some particular
b :relating to or being conjugate complex numbers
  • complex roots occurring in conjugate pairs
3 of an acid or base :related by the difference of a proton
  • The acid NH4+ and the base NH3 are conjugate to each other.
4 :having the same derivation and therefore usually some likeness in meaning
  • conjugate words
5 of two leaves of a book :forming a single piece

conjugately

adverb

conjugateness

noun

Origin and Etymology of conjugate

Middle English conjugat, from Latin conjugatus, past participle of conjugare to unite, from com- + jugare to join, from jugum yoke — more at yoke


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conjugate

verb con·ju·gate \ ˈkän-jə-ˌgāt \

Definition of conjugate

conjugated; conjugating
transitive verb
1 :to give in prescribed order the various inflectional forms of used especially of a verb
2 :to join together
intransitive verb
1 :to become joined together
2 a :to pair and fuse in conjugation (see conjugation 3a)
b :to pair in synapsis

Examples of conjugate in a Sentence

  1. Can you conjugate the verb “to go”?

  2. biological cells conjugating under a microscope

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Origin and Etymology of conjugate


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conjugate

noun con·ju·gate \ ˈkän-ji-gət , -jə-ˌgāt \

Definition of conjugate

1 :something conjugate :a product of conjugating
3 :an element of a mathematical group that is equal to a given element of the group multiplied on the right by another element and on the left by the inverse of the latter element

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First Known Use of conjugate

circa 1586


CONJUGATE Defined for English Language Learners

conjugate

verb

Definition of conjugate for English Language Learners

  • grammar : to list the different forms of a verb that show number, person, tense, etc.


CONJUGATE Defined for Kids

conjugate

verb con·ju·gate \ ˈkän-jə-ˌgāt \

Definition of conjugate for Students

conjugated; conjugating
:to give the various forms of a verb in order

conjugation

\ˌkän-jə-ˈgā-shən\ noun

Medical Dictionary

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conjugate

adjective con·ju·gate \ ˈkän-ji-gət, -jə-ˌgāt \

medical Definition of conjugate

1 :functioning or operating simultaneously as if joined
  • conjugate eye movements
2 of an acid or base :related by the difference of a proton
  • the acid NH4+ and the base NH3 are conjugate to each other

conjugately

adverb

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conjugate

verb con·ju·gate \ -jə-ˌgāt \

medical Definition of conjugate

conjugated; conjugating
transitive verb
:to unite (as with the elimination of water) so that the product is easily broken down (as by hydrolysis) into the original compounds
  • benzoic acid is conjugated with glycine to hippuric acid in the body
intransitive verb
1 :to pair and fuse in conjugation
2 :to pair in synapsis

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conjugate

noun \ -ji-gət, -jə-ˌgāt \

medical Definition of conjugate

:a chemical compound formed by the union of two compounds or united with another compound


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