Etymology
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hyphenate (v.)

1881, from hyphen + -ate (2). The earlier verb was simply hyphen (1814). Related: Hyphenated; hyphenating. Hyphenated American "immigrant citizen perceived as having divided loyalties" is attested from 1889.

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Definitions of hyphenate

hyphenate (v.)
divide or connect with a hyphen;
hyphenate these words and names
Synonyms: hyphen
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