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irrigate

ir·ri·gate

irrigate

 
pronunciation:
I rih geIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: irrigated, irrigates, irrigating
definition: to bring in water for land or crops.
The farmer irrigated the dry land so he could grow corn.
derivation: irrigator (n.)
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The word irrigate contains the following parts:
ir-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).