[ eyt; British et ]
/ eɪt; British ɛt /
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simple past tense of eat.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ateate , eight
Other definitions for ate (2 of 6)
[ ey-tee, ah-tee ]
/ ˈeɪ ti, ˈɑ ti /
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
Other definitions for ate (3 of 6)
equipment that makes a series of tests automatically.
Origin of ATE
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.
Origin of -ate1
<Latin -ātus (masculine), -āta (feminine), -ātum (neuter), equivalent to -ā- thematic vowel + -tus, -ta, -tum past participle suffix
Other definitions for ate (5 of 6)
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.
Origin of -ate2
Probably originally in New Latin phrases, as plumbum acetātum salt produced by the action of acetic acid on lead
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).
Origin of -ate3
<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 auguraugur1
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How to use ate in a sentence
Is she alive, is she dead, does she iver dhream iv him as she ates her hay an' rubs her back agin th' bars iv her gilded cage?Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne
Which she will be some day, said cook; and I ates to think of it.A Very Naughty Girl|L. T. Meade
"I 'ates them as gives themselves airs in other people's 'ouses," had been Sims' verdict on the nurse.I Walked in Arden|Jack Crawford
Phryxus arrived safely at Colchis, where he was hospitably received by king Ates, who gave him one of his daughters in marriage.Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome|E.M. Berens
The pig, the crathur, won't get fat; he ates everything he can reach, and still he looks like a basket wid a skin over it.Fairies and Folk of Ireland|William Henry Frost
British Dictionary definitions for ate (1 of 4)
/ (ɛt, eɪt) /
the past tense of eat
British Dictionary definitions for ate (2 of 4)
/ (ˈeɪtɪ, ˈɑːtɪ) /
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 4)
(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 4)
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
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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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