from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A suffix of Latin origin, occurring in nouns of action, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- A suffix forming nouns of
action, and often equivalent to the verbal substantive in - ing. It sometimes has the further meanings of state, and that whichresults from the action. Many of these nouns have verbs in - ate; ; many are derived through the French; ; and many are formed on verbs ending in the Greek formative - ize(Fr. - ise).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- suffix An
actionor process- e.g. hibernation.
- suffix The
resultof an action or process - e.g. accumulation.
- suffix A
stateor quality- e.g. exhilaration.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Middle English -acioun, from Old French -ation, from Latin -ātiō, -ātiōn-, n. suff. : -ā-, stem vowel of verbs in -āre + -tiō, -tiōn-, abstract n. suff.
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From the Latin suffix -ātiō, an alternative form of -tiō (from whence -tion).