[ kat-n-eyt ]
/ ˈkæt nˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), cat·e·nat·ed, cat·e·nat·ing.

to link together; form into a connected series: catenated cells.

Origin of catenate

1615–25; < Latin catēnātus chained, equivalent to catēn(a) a chain + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

in·ter·cat·e·nat·ed, adjectiveun·cat·e·nat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catenate


/ (ˈkætɪˌneɪt) /


biology to arrange or be arranged in a series of chains or rings


another word for catenulate

Derived Forms

catenation, noun

Word Origin for catenate

C17: from Latin catēnāre to bind with chains
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