Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To form or cause to form a group or cluster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To combine as a cluster
  • v. To fit, adorn (as if) with constellations
  • v. To (form a) cluster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To join luster; to shine with united radiance, or one general light.
  • transitive v. To unite in one luster or radiance, as stars.
  • transitive v. To set or adorn with stars or constellations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To join luster; shine with united radiance or one general light.
  • To unite (several shining bodies) in one illumination.
  • To form into or furnish with constellations or stars.
  • To place in a constellation or mate with stars.
  • To group in or as if in a constellation: as, the constellated graces of faith, hope, and charity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. form a constellation or cluster
  • v. scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
  • v. come together as in a cluster or flock

Etymologies

Back-formation from constellation.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From (the stem of) Latin constellatus ("starred") +‎ -ate. (Wiktionary)

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  • "1. To join luster; shine with united radiance or one general light.
    2. To unite (several shining bodies) in one illumination.
    3. To form into or furnish with constellations or stars.
    4. To place in a constellation or mate with stars.
    5. To group in or as if in a constellation: as, the constellated graces of faith, hope, and charity."

    --Century Dictionary

    September 24, 2010

  • Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet: 'I go to the river to gaze at the river, like everyone else. I'm no different. And behind all this, O sky my sky, I secretly constellate and have my infinity.'

    July 11, 2008