- to bind or fasten together.
- Logic. to link (facts) together by a general description or by a hypothesis that applies to them all.
Origin of colligate
1425–75 for obsolete adj. sense “bound together”; 1535–45 for def 1; < Latin colligātus (past participle of colligāre), equivalent to col- col-1 + ligā- (stem of ligāre to bind) + -tus past participle ending
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Examples from the Web for colligate
That one cause would explain, and does colligate, all the facts.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
I am still persuaded that both for young ministers and for old ones the colligate plan is very desirable.
Perhaps there is something amiss in the working of our system in relation to colligate ministries.
A scientific hypothesis is not required to colligate more than the known facts in each case.Magic and Religion
We can observe and colligate the facts of emotion and volition, as we can observe the position of the stars and the laws of heat.Social Rights And Duties
- to connect or link together; tie; join
- to relate (isolated facts, observations, etc) by a general hypothesis
C16: from Latin colligāre to fasten together, from com- together + ligāre to bind
Word Origin and History for colligate
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