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-ate suffix
  1. (forming adjectives) possessing; having the appearance or characteristics of: fortunate, palmate, Latinate
  2. (forming nouns) a chemical compound, esp a salt or ester of an acid: carbonate, stearate
  3. (forming nouns) the product of a process: condensate
  4. forming verbs from nouns and adjectives: hyphenate, rusticate
Etymology: from Latin -ātus, past participial ending of verbs ending in -āre
-ate suffix forming nouns
  1. denoting office, rank, or a group having a certain function: episcopate, electorate
Etymology: from Latin -ātus, suffix (fourth declension) of collective nouns

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