There are 3 main definitions of -ate in English:

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-ate 1

Pronunciation: /ət/ /eɪt/

suffix

Forming nouns:
1Denoting status or office: doctorate episcopate
1.1Denoting a 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

Origin

From Old French -at or Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.

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-ate 2
Pronunciation: /ət/ /eɪt/

suffix

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

Origin

From Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.

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-ate 3

suffix

Forming verbs such as fascinate, hyphenate.

Origin

From -ate2; originally forms were based on existing past participial adjectives ending in -atus, but were later extended to any Latin verb ending in -are and to French verbs ending in -er.

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