-ate-ate1 [āt; ] for 2 & 3 [ it, āt]suffix1. forming verbsa) to become [evaporate, maturate]b) to cause to become [invalidate, rejuvenate]c) to form or produce [ulcerate]d) to provide or treat with [vaccinate]e) to put in the form of, or form by means of [delineate, triangulate]f) to arrange for [orchestrate]g) to combine, infuse, or treat with [oxygenate]2. forming adjectivesa) of or characteristic of [collegiate, roseate]b) having or filled with [foliolate, passionate]c) Biol. having or characterized by [caudate]3. forming adjectives roughly equivalent to corresponding past participles ending in -ED [animate (animated), determinate (determined)]-ate2 [āt, it]suffix forming nouns1. an office, function, agent, official, or group of officials [episcopate, potentate, directorate]2. the land, territory, or dominion of (a person or office) [priorate, sultanate]3. a person or thing that is the object of (an action) [legate, mandate]4. Chem.a) salt made from any of certain acids with names ending in -IC: its metal or nonmetal is in its highest oxidation state [ammonium nitrate]b) a result of some process [distillate]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.