[ verb jem-uh-neyt; adjective, noun jem-uh-nit, -neyt ]
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verb (used with or without object),gem·i·nat·ed, gem·i·nat·ing.
  1. to make or become doubled or paired.

  1. Also gem·i·nat·ed. combined or arranged in pairs; twin; coupled.

  1. Phonetics. a doubled consonant sound.

Origin of geminate

1590–1600; <Latin geminātus doubled (past participle of gemināre), equivalent to gemin- double + -ātus-ate1

Other words from geminate

  • gem·i·nate·ly, adverb
  • non·gem·i·nate, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for geminate


adjective(ˈdʒɛmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt) Also: geminated
  1. combined in pairs; doubled: a geminate leaf; a geminate consonant

  1. to arrange or be arranged in pairs: the ``t''s in ``fitted'' are geminated

Origin of geminate

C17: from Latin gemināre to double, from geminus born at the same time, twin

Derived forms of geminate

  • geminately, adverb

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