Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of conjugating.
  • noun The state of being conjugated.
  • noun The inflection of a particular verb.
  • noun A presentation of the complete set of inflected forms of a verb.
  • noun A class of verbs having similar inflected forms.
  • noun The temporary union of two bacterial cells during which one cell transfers part or all of its genome to the other.
  • noun A process of sexual reproduction in which ciliate protozoans of the same species temporarily couple and exchange genetic material.
  • noun A process of sexual reproduction in certain algae and fungi in which temporary or permanent fusion occurs, resulting in the union of the male and female gametes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of uniting or combining; a coming together; union; conjunction; assemblage.
  • noun Ingrammar: The inflection of a verb in its different forms, as voices, moods, tenses, numbers, and persons; a connected scheme of all the derivative forms of a verb.
  • noun A class of verbs similarly conjugated: as, Latin verbs of the third conjugation.
  • noun In Hebrew and other Semitic languages, one of several groups of inflections normally formed from the same verb, and expressing a modification of meaning analogous to that found in certain classes of derivative verbs in Indo-European languages, or to the voices of these.
  • noun A union or coupling; a combination of two or more individuals. [Obsolete except in specific use. See 4.]
  • noun In biol, a union of two distinct cells for reproduction; a temporary or permanent growing together of two or more individuals or cells, with fusion of their plasmodic substance, as a means of reproduction by germs or spores, or a means of renewing individual capacity to multiply by fission.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete the act of uniting or combining; union; assemblage.
  • noun obsolete Two things conjoined; a pair; a couple.
  • noun The act of conjugating a verb or giving in order its various parts and inflections.
  • noun A scheme in which are arranged all the parts of a verb.
  • noun A class of verbs conjugated in the same manner.
  • noun (Biol.) A kind of sexual union; -- applied to a blending of the contents of two or more cells or individuals in some plants and lower animals, by which new spores or germs are developed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The coming together of things.
  • noun biology The temporary fusion of organisms, especially as part of sexual reproduction
  • noun Sexual relations within marriage
  • noun grammar In some languages, one of several classifications of verbs according to what inflections they take.
  • noun grammar The act of conjugating a verb.
  • noun grammar The conjugated forms of a verb.
  • noun chemistry A system of delocalized orbitals consisting of alternating single bonds and double bonds
  • noun mathematics A mapping sending x to gxg-1, where g and x are elements of a group; inner automorphism
  • noun mathematics A function which negates the non-real part of a complex or hypercomplex number; complex conjugation

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

  • noun the state of being joined together
  • noun a class of verbs having the same inflectional forms
  • noun the inflection of verbs
  • noun the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
  • noun the complete set of inflected forms of a verb
  • noun the act of making or becoming a single unit

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin coniugātiō ("combining, connecting; conjugation"), from coniugō ("join, unite together"), from con- ("with") + iugō ("join, bind, connect").

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  • I love to conjugate French and Latin verbs in my spare time. Sadly we do not use this term so much vis-a-vis English verbs. I am fascinated by the way the word changes spelling as one goes through the various persons and tenses. And then there is the sexual innuendo of conjugation, too. Conjugal visits in prison, anyone? English verbs are so flat compared to European verbs.

    August 7, 2008

  • I guess you're from Great Britain. We use to consider you European just like the rest of us :-)

    August 8, 2008