American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Having: nervate.
- n. Characterized by: Latinate.
- n. Resembling: lyrate.
- n. One that is characterized by: laminate.
- n. Rank; office: rabbinate.
- n. To act upon in a specified manner: acidulate.
- n. A derivative of a specified chemical compound or element: aluminate.
- n. A salt or ester of a specified acid whose name ends in -ic: acetate.
- n. in adjectives having the specified thing
- n. in adjectives characterized by the specified thing
- n. in adjectives resembling the specified thing
- n. in nouns a thing characterised by the specified thing
- n. in nouns a rank or office
- n. chemistry, in nouns a derivative of a specified element or compound; especially a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ic
- n. in verbs to act in the specified manner
GNU Webster's 1913
- As an ending of participles or participial adjectives it is equivalent to -
- As the ending of a verb, it means
to make, to cause, to act, etc.
- As a noun suffix, it marks the agent. It also sometimes marks the office or dignity.
- In chemistry it is used to denote the salts formed from those acids whose names end
-ic(excepting binary or halogen acids); It is also used in the case of certain basic salts.
- From the Latin perfect passive participle suffixes of first conjugation verbs -ātus, -āta, and -ātum. (Wiktionary)
- Ultimately from Latin -ātus, past participle suff. of verbs in -āre.New Latin -ātum, from Latin, neuter of -ātus, past participle suff. of verbs in -āre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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