verb (used with object), pag·i·nat·ed, pag·i·nat·ing.
  1. to indicate the sequence of pages in (a book, manuscript, etc.) by placing numbers or other characters on each leaf; to number the pages of.
verb (used without object), pag·i·nat·ed, pag·i·nat·ing.
  1. Computers. to create pages, as with a word-processing program.

Origin of paginate

1880–85; < Latin pāgin(a) page1 + -ate1
Related formsre·pag·i·nate, verb (used with object), re·pag·i·nat·ed, re·pag·i·nat·ing.un·pag·i·nat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for repaginating


  1. (tr) to number the pages of (a book, manuscript, etc) in sequenceCompare foliate
Derived Formspagination, noun
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Word Origin and History for repaginating



"to mark or number the pages of a publication," 1858 (implied in paginated), back-formation from pagination. Medieval Latin had paginare, but it had another sense. Related: Paginating.

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