[ awl-ter-keyt ]
/ ˈɔl tərˌkeɪt /
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verb (used without object), al·ter·cat·ed, al·ter·cat·ing.
to argue or quarrel with zeal, heat, or anger; wrangle.
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Origin of altercate
1530–40; <Latin altercātus (past participle of altercārī to quarrel), equivalent to *alterc(us) a disputing (alter other + -cus formative suffix) + -ātus-ate1
Words nearby altercate
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How to use altercate in a sentence
As far as I can make out that means me and the rest of the battery altercate every other night."That's me all over, Mable"|Edward Streeter
British Dictionary definitions for altercate
/ (ˈɔːltəˌkeɪt) /
(intr) to argue, esp heatedly; dispute
Word Origin for altercate
C16: from Latin altercārī to quarrel with another, from alter other
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