[ adjective noo-klee-it, -eyt, nyoo-; verb noo-klee-eyt, nyoo- ]
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  1. having a nucleus.

verb (used with object),nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.
  1. to form (something) into a nucleus.

verb (used without object),nu·cle·at·ed, nu·cle·at·ing.
  1. 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

Other words from nucleate

  • nu·cle·a·tion [noo-klee-ey-shuhn, nyoo-], /ˌnu kliˈeɪ ʃən, ˌnyu-/, noun
  • nu·cle·a·tor, noun
  • mul·ti·nu·cle·ate, adjective
  • un·nu·cle·at·ed, adjective

Words Nearby nucleate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nucleate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nucleate


adjective(ˈnjuːklɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. having a nucleus

verb(ˈnjuːklɪˌeɪt) (intr)
  1. to form a nucleus

Derived forms of nucleate

  • nucleation, noun
  • nucleator, noun

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