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verb (used with object), col·li·gat·ed, col·li·gat·ing.
  1. to bind or fasten together.
  2. Logic. to link (facts) together by a general description or by a hypothesis that applies to them all.
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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
Related formscol·li·ga·tion, noun
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Related Words for colligate

cull, amass, organize, edit, glean, gather, collect, compose, assemble, arrange, consolidate, group, muster, abridge, unite, recapitulate, concentrate, collate, congregate, garner

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Historical Examples of colligate

  • That one cause would explain, and does colligate, all the facts.

    Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1

    Andrew Lang

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for colligate


verb (tr)
  1. to connect or link together; tie; join
  2. to relate (isolated facts, observations, etc) by a general hypothesis
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Derived Formscolligation, noun

Word Origin for colligate

C16: from Latin colligāre to fasten together, from com- together + ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for colligate


1540s, from Latin colligatus, past participle of colligare "to bind together," from com- "together" (see com-) + ligare "to bind" (see ligament). As a concept in logic, from 1837; in linguistics, from 1953. Related: Colligation.

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