1. linked together, as in a chain.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for concatenator


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

Word Origin for concatenate

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



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

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