- -ate1suffix forming nouns:1》 denoting status or office: doctorate.↘denoting a state or function: mandate.2》 denoting a group: electorate.3》 Chemistry denoting a salt or ester, especially of an acid with a corresponding name ending in -ic: chlorate.4》 denoting a product of a chemical process: condensate.Originfrom OFr. -at or L. -atus, -ata, -atum.————————-ate2suffix1》 forming adjectives and nouns such as associate.2》 forming adjectives from Latin: caudate.Originfrom L. -atus, -ata, -atum.————————-ate3suffix forming verbs such as fascinate.Originfrom -ate2; orig. on the basis of past participial adjectives ending in -atus, later extended to Latin verbs ending in -are and French verbs ending in -er.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.