There are 3 definitions of -ate in English:

-ate1

Syllabification: -ate

suffix

  • Forming nouns:
  • 1Denoting status or office: doctorate episcopate
  • 1.1A state or function: curate mandate
  • 2Denoting a group: electorate
  • 3 Chemistry Denoting a salt or ester, especially of an acid with a corresponding name ending in -ic: chlorate nitrate
  • 4Denoting a product (of a chemical process): condensate filtrate

Origin

representing Old French -at or -é(e), or from Latin -atus (as a noun or past participial form).

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Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little

There are 3 definitions of -ate in English:

-ate2

Syllabification: -ate

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives and nouns such as associate, duplicate, separate.
  • 2Forming adjectives from Latin: caudate

Origin

representing French or its Latin source -atus (past participial suffix).

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-ate3

Syllabification: -ate

suffix

  • Forming verbs such as fascinate, hyphenate.

Origin

representing French -er or its Latin source -are. Originally forms were based on existing past participial adjectives ending in -atus, later extended to any verb ending in -are.

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