Etymology
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Words related to -ate

motivate (v.)

"to stimulate toward action, act as the inciting cause of," 1863, from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.

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opinionate (v.)

"to hold an opinion," c. 1600, from opinion + -ate (2); now surviving mostly in its past-participle adjective opinionated.

pollinate (v.)

"put pollen upon for the sake of fertilization," 1873, a back formation from pollination, or else from pollin-, stem of Latin pollen (see pollen) + -ate (2). Related: Pollinated; pollinating.

potentiate (v.)

"endow with power," 1817 (Coleridge), from Latin potentia "power, might, force" (from potis "powerful, able, capable; possible," from PIE root *poti- "powerful; lord") + -ate (2) on model of German potenzieren. Specifically as "increase the effect of" (a drug, etc.) by 1917. Related: Potentiated; potentiating; potentiation.

pupate (v.)

"become a pupa, undergo transformation from a grub or larva to that of a perfect insect," 1862, from pupa + -ate (2). Related: Pupated; pupating.

rejuvenate (v.)

"restore the appearance, powers, or feelings of youth to," 1807, an irregular formation from re- "again" + Latin juvenis "young" (see young (adj.)) + -ate (2). Related: Rejuvenated; rejuvenating.

resinate (v.)

"impregnate with resin," 1756, from resin + -ate (2). Related: Resinated; resinating.

solvation (n.)

1909, noun of action from solvate, a verb used in chemistry, from solvent + -ate (2).

tabulate (v.)

"to put into form of a table, collect or arrange in columns," 1734, from Latin tabula (see table (n.)) + -ate (2). Earlier in the more literal Latin sense "lay a floor" (1650s). Related: Tabulated; tabulating.

titrate (v.)

1854, with -ate (2) + French titrer, from titre "standard, title," also "fineness of alloyed gold" (see title (n.)).

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