hyphenate

[ verb hahy-fuh-neyt; adjective, noun hahy-fuh-nit, -neyt ]
/ verb ˈhaɪ fəˌneɪt; adjective, noun ˈhaɪ fə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), hy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing.

to join by a hyphen.
to write or divide with a hyphen.

adjective

of or relating to something of distinct form or origin that has been joined; connected by a hyphen.

noun

Informal. a person working or excelling in more than one craft or occupation: He's a film-industry hyphenate, usually listed as a writer-director-producer.

Origin of hyphenate

First recorded in 1850–55; hyphen + -ate1

Related forms

hy·phen·a·tion, noun
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hyphenate

hyphen

/ (ˈhaɪfəˌneɪt) /

verb

(tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen

Derived Forms

hyphenation, noun
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