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verb (used with object), con·cat·e·nat·ed, con·cat·e·nat·ing.
  1. to link together; unite in a series or chain.
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  1. linked together, as in a chain.
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Origin of concatenate

1425–75; late Middle English (past participle) < Late Latin concatēnātus (past participle of concatēnāre), equivalent to con- con- + Latin catēn(a) chain + -ātus -ate1
Related formscon·cat·e·na·tor, nounun·con·cat·e·nat·ed, adjectiveun·con·cat·e·nat·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • But why did he desire to concatenate this with the old Logic?

    Logic, Inductive and Deductive

    William Minto

  • Frustules globose, ellipsoidal or cylindrical, concatenate, closely joined together.

  • Frustules quadrangular, concatenate, composed of numerous septate partitions with transverse cost or rows of puncta.

  • To be sure that brain of his is awry, and has gaps in it, but one can discern here and there thoughts consecutive and concatenate.

British Dictionary definitions for concatenate


  1. (tr) to link or join together, esp in a chain or series
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  1. linked or joined together
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Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin concatēnāre from Latin com- together + catēna chain
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Word Origin and History for concatenate


c.1600, from Late Latin concatenatus, past participle of concatenare "to link together" (see concatenation). Related: Concatenated; concatenating.

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