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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
con•ju•gate /ˈkɑndʒəˌgeɪt/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -gat•ed, -gat•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Grammarto display the forms of (a verb), in a fixed order: To conjugate the present tense of the verb be we gave the following: am, is, are.
(v. kon′jə gāt′;adj., n. kon′jə git, -gāt′),USA pronunciation v., -gat•ed, -gat•ing, adj., n. v.t.
- to inflect (a verb).
- to recite or display all or some subsets of the inflected forms of (a verb), in a fixed order:One conjugates the present tense of the verb "be'' as "I am, you are, he is, we are, you are, they are.''
- to join together, esp. in marriage.
- Developmental Biology[Biol.]to unite;
to undergo conjugation.
- Grammarto be characterized by conjugation:The Latin verbesse does not conjugate in the passive voice.
- joined together, esp. in a pair or pairs;
- Botany(of a pinnate leaf ) having only one pair of leaflets.
- Grammar(of words) having a common derivation.
- Library Science, Literature[Bibliog.](of two leaves in a book) forming one sheet.
- (of two points, lines, etc.) so related as to be interchangeable in the enunciation of certain properties.
- Mathematics(of an element) so related to a second element of a group that there exists a third element of the group that, multiplying one element on the right and the other element on the left, results in equal elements.
- Mathematics(of two complex numbers) differing only in the sign of the imaginary part.
- of or noting two or more liquids in equilibrium with one another.
- (of an acid and a base) related by the loss or gain of a proton:NH3 is a base conjugate to NH4⁺. NH4⁺ is an acid conjugate to NH3.
- Also, con′ju•gat′ed. (of an organic compound) containing two or more double bonds each separated from the other by a single bond.
(v. kon′jə gāt′;adj., n. kon′jə git, -gāt′),USA pronunciation adj.
- Grammarone of a group of conjugate words.
- either of two conjugate points, lines, etc.
- MathematicsAlso called con′jugate com′plex num′ber. either of a pair of complex numbers of the type a + bi and a - bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is imaginary.
- Latin conjugātus (past participle of conjugāre to yoke together), equivalent. to con- con- + jug(um) yoke + -ātus -ate1
- late Middle English (adjective, adjectival) 1425–75
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conjugate vb /ˈkɒndʒʊˌɡeɪt/
adj /ˈkɒndʒʊɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt/
- (transitive) to inflect (a verb) systematically; state or set out the conjugation of (a verb)
- (intransitive) (of a verb) to undergo inflection according to a specific set of rules
- (transitive) to join (two or more substances) together, esp in such a way that the resulting substance may easily be turned back into its original components
- (intransitive) to undergo conjugation
- (transitive) obsolete to join together, esp in marriage
- joined together in pairs; coupled
- (Maths) (of two angles) having a sum of 360°
- (of two complex numbers) differing only in the sign of the imaginary part as 4 + 3i and 4 – 3i
- of, denoting, or concerning the state of equilibrium in which two liquids can exist as two separate phases that are both solutions. The liquid that is the solute in one phase is the solvent in the other
- (of acids and bases) related by loss or gain of a proton
- (of a compound leaf) having one pair of leaflets
- (of words) cognate; related in origin
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin conjugāre to join together, from com- together + jugāre to marry, connect, from jugum a yokeˈconjuˌgative adj ˈconjuˌgator n
- one of a pair or set of conjugate substances, values, quantities, words, etc