- Ⅰ.-ate  ► 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.Ⅱ.-ate  ► SUFFIX 1) forming adjectives and nouns such as associate. 2) forming verbs such as fascinate.ORIGIN Latin -atus.
English terms dictionary. 2015.