Other definitions for Ate (2 of 6)
an ancient Greek goddess personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that produces crime and the divine punishment that follows it.
Other definitions for ATE (3 of 6)
equipment that makes a series of tests automatically.
Other definitions for -ate (4 of 6)
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, its English distribution paralleling that of Latin. The form originated as a suffix added to a-stem verbs to form adjectives (separate). The resulting form could also be used independently as a noun (advocate) and came to be used as a stem on which a verb could be formed (separate; advocate; agitate). In English the use as a verbal suffix has been extended to stems of non-Latin origin: calibrate; acierate.
Other definitions for -ate (5 of 6)
- Compare -ite1.
Other definitions for -ate (6 of 6)
a suffix occurring originally in nouns borrowed from Latin, and in English coinages from Latin bases, that denote offices or functions (consulate; triumvirate; pontificate), as well as institutions or collective bodies (electorate; senate); sometimes extended to denote a person who exercises such a function (magistrate; potentate), an associated place (consulate), or a period of office or rule (protectorate). Joined to stems of any origin, ate3 signifies the office, term of office, or territory of a ruler or official (caliphate; khanate; shogunate).
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How to use ate in a sentence
Instead, most of the suffering species ate insects on the forest floor.
He tore a piece of meat off the breast and stroked her coat while she ate.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart | Pete Dexter | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then they sat down at the dinner table and ate with delight.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her | The Brothers Grimm | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As infants, my kids ate food right off the floor without washing or boiling.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned | Kent Sepkowitz | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I ordered a salad, ate it, and in the bathroom snuck a swig of Pepto.
He ate as many as he wanted and then, as he always felt sleepy after he had eaten, he thought he would lie down and have a nap.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
And in the midst of his speculations, overpowered by fatigue, he fell asleep, and ate his breakfast next morning very happily.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
At noon we camped, and cooked a bite of dinner while the horses grazed; ate it, and went on again.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
When Yung Pak ate his meals, he sat upon a rug on the floor with his father and such male guests as might be in the house.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
They stood outside the window and the cook passed them their coffee and a roll, which they drank and ate from the window-sill.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for ate (1 of 4)
the past tense of eat
British Dictionary definitions for Ate (2 of 4)
Greek myth a goddess who makes men blind so that they will blunder into guilty acts
British Dictionary definitions for -ate (3 of 4)
(forming adjectives) possessing; having the appearance or characteristics of: fortunate; palmate; Latinate
(forming nouns) a chemical compound, esp a salt or ester of an acid: carbonate; stearate
(forming nouns) the product of a process: condensate
forming verbs from nouns and adjectives: hyphenate; rusticate
British Dictionary definitions for -ate (4 of 4)
denoting office, rank, or a group having a certain function: episcopate; electorate
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Scientific definitions for -ate
A suffix used to form the name of a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ic, such as acetate, a salt or ester of acetic acid. Such salts or esters have one oxygen atom more than corresponding salts or esters with names ending in -ite. For example, a sulfate is a salt of sulfuric acid and contains the group SO4, while a sulfite contains SO3. Compare -ite.
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