Recent Examples on the WebSo seductive is this prospect that bacteria pursue conjugation energetically, often in large groups.—Mark Caldwell, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Driven by their plasmids, bacteria go in for several variations of conjugation, as bacteriologists demurely call the act.—Mark Caldwell, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Most first-generation Latinos have stories of being shamed for a mispronounced word or poor conjugation.—Angel Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2023 This includes noun genders, conjugations, and past, present and future tenses.—The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 While apps like Duolingo are known for hammering in vocabulary through simple flashcard-type quizzes, Rosetta Stone progresses to verbs and conjugation through more complex learning models.—Anna Tingley, Variety, 5 June 2023 But Spanish speakers from four centuries ago might have recognized the unusual verb conjugations — if not the unorthodox pronunciations and words drawn from English and languages indigenous to North America.—Simon Romero Desiree Rios, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2023 One poem contains a note on Spanish verb conjugation, another features an explanation of stereotypic behavior in captive animals, a third includes a pocket history of the 1918 influenza pandemic.—New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 The numbers around Nadal’s dominance in Paris at this point are more dizzying than French conjugation.—Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2020 See More
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: the act of conjugating : the state of being conjugated
: a class of verbs having the same type of inflectional forms
: the union of sex cells that are usually of the same size and shape and that in most fungi and some algae serves as a simple form of sexual reproduction
: a method of reproduction in ciliated protozoans (as a paramecium) that involves the formation of a bridge of cytoplasm between two individuals, the exchange of material in their nuclei, and the division of each individual after they separate