-ate [1] SUFFIX forming nouns denoting: 1) status, office, or function: doctorate. 2) a group: electorate. 3) Chemistry a salt or ester: chlorate. 4) a product of a chemical process: condensate.
ORIGIN Old French -at or Latin -atus.
-ate [2] SUFFIX 1) forming adjectives and nouns such as associate. 2) forming verbs such as fascinate.
ORIGIN Latin -atus.

English terms dictionary. 2015.

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