conjugation

noun
con·ju·ga·tion | \ˌkän-jə-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of conjugation 

1a : a schematic arrangement of the inflectional forms of a verb

b : verb inflection

c : a class of verbs having the same type of inflectional forms the weak conjugation

d : a set of the simple or derivative inflectional forms of a verb especially in Sanskrit or the Semitic languages the causative conjugation

2 : the act of conjugating : the state of being conjugated

3a : fusion of usually similar gametes with ultimate union of their nuclei and sexual reproduction that occurs in most fungi and in some algae (such as green algae)

b : temporary cytoplasmic union with exchange of nuclear material that is the usual sexual process in ciliated protozoans

c : the one-way transfer of DNA between bacteria in cellular contact

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Other Words from conjugation

conjugational \ˌkän-jə-ˈgā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective
conjugationally adverb

Examples of conjugation in a Sentence

a lesson on French verb conjugation

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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conjugation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conjugation

: the way a verb changes form to show number, person, tense, etc. : the way a verb is conjugated

: a group of verbs that change in the same way to show number, person, tense, etc. : a set of verbs that are conjugated in the same way

conjugation

noun
con·ju·ga·tion | \ˌkän-jə-ˈgā-shən \

Medical Definition of conjugation 

1 : the act of conjugating : the state of being conjugated

2a : fusion of usually similar gametes with ultimate union of their nuclei that occurs in most fungi and in some algae (as green algae)

b : temporary cytoplasmic union with exchange of nuclear material that is the usual sexual process in ciliated protozoans

c : the one-way transfer of DNA between bacteria in cellular contact

Other Words from conjugation

conjugational \-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl \ adjective

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