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alligate

[ al-i-geyt ]

verb (used with object)

, Obsolete.
, al·li·gat·ed, al·li·gat·ing.
  1. to attach; bind.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of alligate1

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin alligātus (past participle of alligāre ), equivalent to al- al- + lig- “bind” ( ligature ) + -ātus -ate 1

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Example Sentences

Alligate -us: fastened or suspended by a thread; like the chrysalis of Papilio, etc.

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