[ kol-i-geyt ]
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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.

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

Other words from colligate

  • col·li·ga·tion, noun

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How to use colligate in a sentence

  • Do they serve to direct observation, colligate data, and guide experimentation, or are they otiose?

  • 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 | Leslie Stephen
  • Granting the validity of the evidence, the hypothesis appears to colligate the facts.

    Magic and Religion | Andrew Lang
  • A scientific hypothesis is not required to colligate more than the known facts in each case.

    Magic and Religion | Andrew Lang
  • I am still persuaded that both for young ministers and for old ones the colligate plan is very desirable.

British Dictionary definitions for colligate


/ (ˈkɒlɪˌɡeɪt) /

  1. to connect or link together; tie; join

  2. to relate (isolated facts, observations, etc) by a general hypothesis

Origin of colligate

C16: from Latin colligāre to fasten together, from com- together + ligāre to bind

Derived forms of colligate

  • colligation, noun

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