Definition of colligate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkäləˌɡāt/ /ˈkɑləˌɡeɪt/


  • Be or cause to be juxtaposed or grouped in a syntactic relation.

    no object ‘the two grammatical items are said to colligate’
    • ‘pronouns are regularly colligated with verbal forms’
    place side by side, set side by side, place close to one another, set close to one another, mix


Mid 16th century (in the Latin sense): from Latin colligat- ‘bound together’, from the verb colligare, from col- ‘together’ + ligare ‘bind’. The current sense dates from the 1960s.