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

  • transitive v. To connect or link in a series or chain.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To arrange (strings of characters) into a chained list.
  • adj. Connected or linked in a series.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To join or link together, as though in a chain.
  • v. Computer instruction to join two strings together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To link together; to unite in a series or chain, as things depending on one another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To link together; unite in a series or chain, as things depending on one another.
  • Linked together in a chain or series; concatenated; specifically, in entomology, united at the base: applied to spines or other processes when their bases are joined by ridges or raised lines.

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

  • v. combine two strings to form a single one
  • v. add by linking or joining so as to form a chain or series


Late Latin concatēnāre, concatēnāt- : com-, com- + catēnāre, to bind (from Latin catēna, chain).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the perfect passive participle stem of Latin concatēnāre ("to link or chain together"), from con ("with") + catēnō ("chain, bind"), from catēna ("a chain"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Love me some concatenate.

    October 26, 2011

  • me too, me too! and now, i use it all the time; getting that "concatenate" formulate to combine columns into one.

    December 12, 2008

  • I didn't even know this word existed until I was using Excel and found there was a function called this.

    October 12, 2007