ate

[ eyt; British et ]
/ eɪt; British ɛt /

verb

simple past tense of eat.
Can be confusedate eight

Definition for ate (2 of 7)

Ate

[ ey-tee, ah-tee ]
/ ˈeɪ ti, ˈɑ ti /

noun

an ancient Greek goddess personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that produces crime and the divine punishment that follows it.

Origin of Ate

< Greek, special use of átē reckless impulse, ruin, akin to aáein to mislead, harm

Definition for ate (3 of 7)

ATE


equipment that makes a series of tests automatically.

Origin of ATE

a(utomatic) t(est) e(quipment)

Definition for ate (4 of 7)

Origin of eat

before 900; Middle English eten, Old English etan; cognate with German essen, Gothic itan, Latin edere
Related formseat·er, nounout·eat, verb (used with object), out·ate, out·eat·en, out·eat·ing.un·der·eat, verb (used without object), un·der·ate, un·der·eat·en, un·der·eat·ing.

Definition for ate (5 of 7)

-ate

1

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.

Origin of -ate

1
< Latin -ātus (masculine), -āta (feminine), -ātum (neuter), equivalent to -ā- thematic vowel + -tus, -ta, -tum past participle suffix

Definition for ate (6 of 7)

-ate

2

a specialization of -ate1, used to indicate a salt of an acid ending in -ic, added to a form of the stem of the element or group: nitrate; sulfate.
Compare -ite1.

Origin of -ate

2
probably originally in New Latin phrases, as plumbum acetātum salt produced by the action of acetic acid on lead

Definition for ate (7 of 7)

-ate

3

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).

Origin of -ate

3
< Latin -ātus (genitive -ātūs), generalized from v. derivatives, as augurātus office of an augur (augurā(re) to foretell by augury + -tus suffix of v. action), construed as derivative of augur augur1
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British Dictionary definitions for ate (1 of 6)

ate

/ (ɛt, eɪt) /

verb

the past tense of eat

British Dictionary definitions for ate (2 of 6)

Ate

/ (ˈeɪtɪ, ˈɑːtɪ) /

noun

Greek myth a goddess who makes men blind so that they will blunder into guilty acts

Word Origin for Ate

C16: via Latin from Greek atē a rash impulse

British Dictionary definitions for ate (3 of 6)

-ate

1

suffix

(forming adjectives) possessing; having the appearance or characteristics offortunate; palmate; Latinate
(forming nouns) a chemical compound, esp a salt or ester of an acidcarbonate; stearate
(forming nouns) the product of a processcondensate
forming verbs from nouns and adjectiveshyphenate; rusticate

Word Origin for -ate

from Latin -ātus, past participial ending of verbs ending in -āre

British Dictionary definitions for ate (4 of 6)

-ate

2

suffix forming nouns

denoting office, rank, or a group having a certain functionepiscopate; electorate

Word Origin for -ate

from Latin -ātus, suffix (fourth declension) of collective nouns

British Dictionary definitions for ate (5 of 6)

EAT

EAZ


abbreviation for

Tanzania (international car registration)

Word Origin for EAT

from E(ast) A(frica) T(anganyika) or E(ast) A(frica) Z(anzibar)

British Dictionary definitions for ate (6 of 6)

eat

/ (iːt) /

verb eats, eating, ate or eaten

See also eat out, eats, eat up
Derived Formseater, noun

Word Origin for eat

Old English etan; related to Gothic itan, Old High German ezzan, Latin edere, Greek edein, Sanskrit admi
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Word Origin and History for ate

eat


v.

Old English etan (class V strong verb; past tense æt, past participle eten) "to eat, devour, consume," from Proto-Germanic *etanan (cf. Old Frisian ita, Old Saxon etan, Middle Dutch eten, Dutch eten, Old High German ezzan, German essen, Old Norse eta, Gothic itan), from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (see edible).

Transferred sense of "slow, gradual corrosion or destruction" is from 1550s. Meaning "to preoccupy, engross" (as in what's eating you?) first recorded 1893. Slang sexual sense of "do cunnilingus on" is first recorded 1927. Eat out "dine away from home" is from 1933. The slang phrase to eat one's words is from 1570s; to eat one's heart out is from 1590s; for eat one's hat, see hat.

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Medicine definitions for ate (1 of 2)

-ate


suff.

A derivative of a specified chemical compound or element:aluminate.
A salt or ester of a specified acid whose name ends in -ic:acetate.

Medicine definitions for ate (2 of 2)

eat

[ ēt ]

v.

To take into the body by the mouth for digestion or absorption.
To consume, ravage, or destroy by or as if by ingesting, such as by a disease.
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Science definitions for ate

-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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Idioms and Phrases with ate

eat


In addition to the idioms beginning with eat

  • eat and run
  • eat away at
  • eat crow
  • eat high off the hog
  • eat in
  • eat like a bird
  • eat one's cake and have it, too
  • eat one's hat
  • eat one's heart out
  • eat one's words
  • eat out
  • eat out of someone's hand
  • eat shit
  • eat someone alive
  • eat someone out
  • eat someone out of house and home
  • eat someone's ass out
  • eat someone's lunch
  • eat someone up
  • eat up

also see:

  • dog eat dog
  • proof of the pudding is in the eating
  • what's eating you
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