verb (used with object), hy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing.
Related formshy·phen·a·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for hyphenate
Frequently the printer made an mistake and forgot to hyphenate all or part of a word.Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading|Josephine Pollard
Hyphenate compounds of master; master-builder, master-stroke, but (by exception) masterpiece.
Hyphenate compounds of god when this word forms the second element; sun-god, war-god, godsend, godson.
Hyphenate the first two words (they really stand for one idea).Vocal Expression|Katherine Jewell Everts
Hyphenate compounds of great in phrases indicating degrees of descent; great-grandmother, great-great-grandfather.