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hyphenate

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verb hy·phen·ate \ˈhī-fə-ˌnāt\

Definition of hyphenate

hyphenated

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hyphenating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to connect (words) or divide (a word, such as a word at the end of a line of print) with a hyphen

hyphenation

play \ˌhī-fə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

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Examples of hyphenate in a Sentence

  1. In English, we hyphenate some compounds but not others.

First Known Use of hyphenate

circa 1889


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hyphenate

noun hy·phen·ate

Definition of hyphenate

  1. :  a person who performs more than one function (such as a producer-director in filmmaking)

Did You Know?

In the early 20th century, the noun hyphenate referred to a resident or citizen of the U.S. whose recent foreign national origin caused others to question his or her patriotic loyalties - with or without there being just cause for that questioning. These hyphenates - the Irish-Americans, German-Americans, and others - were objects of suspicion. The hyphenates we're highlighting today are more often objects of admiration. Since around 1974, we've been referring to people with hyphens in their titles - producer-directors, for example, as hyphenates.

Origin and Etymology of hyphenate

from the hyphens in the titles of such people, as producer-director


HYPHENATE Defined for English Language Learners

hyphenate

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Definition of hyphenate for English Language Learners

  • : to connect (words or parts of words) with a hyphen


HYPHENATE Defined for Kids

hyphenate

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verb hy·phen·ate \ˈhī-fə-ˌnāt\

Definition of hyphenate for Students

hyphenated

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hyphenating

  1. :  to connect or mark with a hyphen



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