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Language: Latin
Origin: -atus

-ate

suffix
     
Related topics: Chemistry
-ate
1 [in adjectives]XX full of or showing a particular quality:
affectionate (=showing love)
2 [in verbs]XX to make something have a particular quality:
activate (=make something start working)
regulate (=control something or make it regular)
3 [in nouns]XX a group of people with particular duties:
the electorate (=voters)
4 [in nouns]XX the job, rank, or degree of a particular type of person:
She was awarded her doctorate (= PhD).
5 [in nouns]HC a chemical salt formed from a particular acid:
phosphate
-ately [in adverbs]
fortunately

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