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verb (used with object), al·li·gat·ed, al·li·gat·ing. Obsolete.
  1. to attach; bind.
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Origin of alligate

1535–45; < Latin alligātus (past participle of alligāre), equivalent to al- al- + lig- bind (see ligature) + -ātus -ate1
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  • Alligate -us: fastened or suspended by a thread; like the chrysalis of Papilio, etc.

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