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exfoliate

ex·fo·li·ate

exfoliate

 
pronunciation:
ihks fo li eIt
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: exfoliated, exfoliates, exfoliating
definition: to cast off or come off in scales, layers, or flakes as skin, bark, or rock.
similar words:
scale, shed
derivation: exfoliative (adj.)
Word Parts
The word exfoliate contains the following parts:
foli, foil Latin root that means leaf, page
-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).