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cog•nate /ˈkɑgneɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Linguisticsdescended from the same language or form:cognate words.
See -nat-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cog•nate  (kognāt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. related by birth; of the same parentage, descent, etc.
  2. Linguisticsdescended from the same language or form:such cognate languages as French and Spanish.
  3. allied or similar in nature or quality.

  1. a person or thing cognate with another.
  2. Linguisticsa cognate word:The English wordcold is a cognate of German kalt.
cognate•ness, n. 
cog•nat•ic  (kog natik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Latin cognātus, equivalent. to co- co- + -gnātus (past participle of gnāscī, nāscī to be born)
  • 1635–45

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cognate /ˈkɒɡneɪt/ adj
  1. akin; related: cognate languages
  2. related by blood or descended from a common maternal ancestor
  1. something that is cognate with something else
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin cognātus, from co- same + gnātus born, variant of nātus, past participle of nāscī to be born

ˈcognately adv ˈcognateness n cogˈnation n

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