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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishateate /et, eɪt $ eɪt/ verb  EATthe past tense of eat
Related topics: Chemistry
-ate-ate /ət, eɪt/ suffix  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 /ətli/ [in adverbs] fortunately
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-atea doctorateto activateto regulatevery affectionate
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