verb (used with object), hy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing.
Origin of hyphenate
Examples from the Web for hyphenate
Historical Examples of hyphenate
Hyphenate the first two words (they really stand for one idea).Vocal Expression
Katherine Jewell Everts
For example, the text uses no hyphen on "today" while one of the captions does hyphenate it.Hurlbut's Life of Christ For Young and Old
Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Index entries tend to not hyphenate words that are unhyphenated in the text.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)
Hyphenate compounds of great in phrases indicating degrees of descent; great-grandmother, great-great-grandfather.
Hyphenate compounds of life and world; life-history, world-influence, but (by exception) lifetime.