- the inflection of verbs.
- the whole set of inflected forms of a verb or the recital or display thereof in a fixed order: The conjugation of the Latin verb amo begins amō, amas, amat.
- a class of verbs having similar sets of inflected forms: the Latin second conjugation.
- the reproductive process in ciliate protozoans in which two organisms of different mating types exchange nuclear material through a temporary area of fusion.
- temporary union or permanent fusion as a form of sexual reproduction in certain algae and fungi, the male gametes of one organism uniting with female gametes of the other.
- a temporary union of two bacteria, in Escherichia and related groups, in which genetic material is transferred by migration of a plasmid, either solitary or as part of a chromosome, from one bacterium, the donor, to the other, the recipient; sometimes also including the transfer of resistance to antibiotics.
Origin of conjugation
OTHER WORDS FROM conjugationcon·ju·ga·tion·al, adjectivecon·ju·ga·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·con·ju·ga·tion, noun
Words nearby conjugation
How to use conjugation in a sentence
As the first conjugation is a so-called "living" conjugation, it is the termination of many new verbs.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
This was known as conjugation, and is seen among Paramecia and some other species to-day.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
In the Spanish Romany the verbs are all conjugated on the model of the first conjugation of the Castilian verbs.Carmen|Prosper Merimee
I was myself flogged fifteen times in one forenoon, over the conjugation of a verb.
This zygoblast only becomes free after the process of conjugation, as described below.
British Dictionary definitions for conjugation
- inflection of a verb for person, number, tense, voice, mood, etc
- the complete set of the inflections of a given verb