[ verb jem-uh-neyt; adjective, noun jem-uh-nit, -neyt ]
/ verb ˈdʒɛm əˌneɪt; adjective, noun ˈdʒɛm ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /

verb (used with or without object), gem·i·nat·ed, gem·i·nat·ing.

to make or become doubled or paired.


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


Phonetics. a doubled consonant sound.


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Origin of geminate

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


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British Dictionary definitions for geminate


adjective (ˈdʒɛmɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt) Also: geminated

combined in pairs; doubleda geminate leaf; a geminate consonant

verb (ˈdʒɛmɪˌneɪt)

to arrange or be arranged in pairsthe ``t''s in ``fitted'' are geminated

Derived forms of geminate

geminately, adverb

Word Origin for geminate

C17: from Latin gemināre to double, from geminus born at the same time, twin
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Medical definitions for geminate

[ jĕmə-nĭt, -nāt′ ]


Occurring in pairs.
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