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verb (used with object), col·li·mat·ed, col·li·mat·ing.
  1. to bring into line; make parallel.
  2. to adjust accurately the line of sight of (a telescope).
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Origin of collimate

1615–25; < Latin collimātus, misreading of collineātus, past participle of collineāre to direct in a straight line, equivalent to col- col-1 + -lineā-, verbal derivative of linea line1 + -tus past participle suffix
Related formscol·li·ma·tion, noun
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Related Words for collimate

imitate, complement, correspond, correlate, conform, compare, assimilate, equal, agree, liken, equate, paragon, collocate, copy, match, parallelize, collimate, accumulate, gather, parallel

British Dictionary definitions for collimate


verb (tr)
  1. to adjust the line of sight of (an optical instrument)
  2. to use a collimator on (a beam of radiation or particles)
  3. to make parallel or bring into line
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Derived Formscollimation, noun

Word Origin for collimate

C17: from New Latin collimāre, erroneously for Latin collīneāre to aim, from com- (intensive) + līneāre, from līnea line
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