There are 3 main definitions of -ate in English:

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-ate 1

Pronunciation:

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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There are 3 main definitions of -ate in English:

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-ate 2

Pronunciation:

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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There are 3 main definitions of -ate in English:

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-ate 3

Pronunciation:

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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