1Forming nouns denoting status or office.‘doctorate’
- 1.1Forming nouns denoting a state or function.‘curate’
2Forming nouns denoting a group.
Forming nouns denoting a salt or ester, especially of an acid with a corresponding name ending in -ic.‘chlorate’
4Forming nouns denoting a product of a chemical process.‘condensate’
From Old French -at or Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.
1Forming adjectives and nouns such as associate, duplicate, separate.
2Forming adjectives from Latin.
From Latin -atus, -ata, -atum.
Forming verbs such as fascinate, hyphenate.
From -ate; 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.