con·​stel·​late | \ ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌlāt How to pronounce constellate (audio) \
constellated; constellating

Definition of constellate

transitive verb

1 : to unite in a cluster
2 : to set or adorn with or as if with constellations

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It's plain that constellate is related to constellation, and, indeed, things that "constellate" (or "are constellated") cluster together like stars in a constellation. Both words derive ultimately from the Latin word for "star," which is stella. Constellation (which came to us by way of Middle French from Late Latin constellation-, constellatio) entered the language first-it dates to at least the 14th century. Constellate didn't appear until a full 300 years later.

Examples of constellate in a Sentence

the museum has constellated many of the artist's most glorious paintings into one stunning exhibition
Recent Examples on the Web To make sense of a correspondence, however complete or incomplete, is to constellate fragmentary evidence, and make surmises about what is missing (including what may not have been apparent to the letter-writers themselves). Langdon Hammer, The New York Review of Books, "Letters: Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Art Form or Something’," 25 Feb. 2020 Kathleen Shafer tells Judd’s story, and constellating stories about art, history, landscape, weather, the mysterious Marfa lights, economics, sociology and, of course, real estate. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "Review: Magical ‘Marfa,’ the Mecca for Art Lovers," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of constellate

1643, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Constellate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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