[adjective noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; verb noo-klee-eyt, nyoo-]


having a nucleus.

verb (used with object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.

to form (something) into a nucleus.

verb (used without object), nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.

to form a nucleus.

Origin of nucleate

First recorded in 1860–65, nucleate is from the Latin word nucleātus having a kernel or stone. See nucleus, -ate1
Related formsnu·cle·a·tion [noo-klee-ey-shuh n, nyoo-] /ˌnu kliˈeɪ ʃən, ˌnyu-/, nounnu·cle·a·tor, nounmul·ti·nu·cle·ate, adjectiveun·nu·cle·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nucleate

Contemporary Examples of nucleate

  • This is when other ideas begin to nucleate around the core idea.

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    How I Write: Paul Lynch

    Noah Charney

    December 18, 2013

Historical Examples of nucleate

  • I heard a doctor say to let 'im rest to-night an' 'nucleate in the mornin'.

    The Hole in the Wall

    Arthur Morrison

British Dictionary definitions for nucleate


adjective (ˈnjuːklɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

having a nucleus

verb (ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt) (intr)

to form a nucleus
Derived Formsnucleation, nounnucleator, noun
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nucleate in Medicine


[nōōklē-āt′, -ĭt]




To form into a nucleus.
To serve or act as a nucleus for.
To provide a nucleus for.


A salt of a nucleic acid.
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