- 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
Examples from the Web for conjugation
But how is it in the conjugation of Confervae—is not one of the two individuals here in fact male, and the other female?The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)|Charles Darwin
The pseudo-participle seems, by its inflexion, to have been the perfect of the original Semitic conjugation.
As an example of its conjugation I insert the indicative present.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3|Hubert Howe Bancroft
A verb is a word capable of declension and conjugation also.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
I was myself flogged fifteen times in one forenoon over the conjugation of a verb.Short Studies on Great Subjects|James Anthony Froude
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
Word Origin and History for conjugation
mid-15c., from Latin conjugationem (nominative conjugatio) "a combining, connecting," noun of action from conjugare "to join together" (see conjugal). Grammatical sense is 1520s.