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hyphenate

[verb hahy-fuh-neyt; adjective, noun hahy-fuh-nit, -neyt]
verb (used with object), hy·phen·at·ed, hy·phen·at·ing.
  1. to join by a hyphen.
  2. to write or divide with a hyphen.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to something of distinct form or origin that has been joined; connected by a hyphen.
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of hyphenate

First recorded in 1850–55; hyphen + -ate1
Related formshy·phen·a·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for hyphenation

Historical Examples

  • Hyphenation, and capitalisation of proper nouns, has been made consistent.

    The Chinese Fairy Book

    Various

  • Inconsistent spelling and hyphenation have been retained from the original.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • Variations of hyphenation from the original document have been retained.

  • Variations in spelling and hyphenation have been retained as in the original.

  • Inconsistencies in spelling, punctuation, and hyphenation have been retained from the original.

    The Negro Farmer

    Carl Kelsey


British Dictionary definitions for hyphenation

hyphenate

hyphen

verb
  1. (tr) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
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Derived Formshyphenation, noun
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Word Origin and History for hyphenation

n.

1881, from hyphen + -ation. Hyphenization is attested from 1851.

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hyphenate

v.

1881, from hyphen + -ate (2). The earlier verb was simply hyphen (1814). Related: Hyphenated; hyphenating. Hyphenated American is attested from 1889.

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