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calibrate

cal·i·brate

calibrate

pronunciation:
kae lih breIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: calibrated, calibrates, calibrating
definition 1: to assign, verify, or correct the graduated markings on (a quantitative measuring instrument such as a thermometer).
definition 2: to determine the correct range of (a gun).
derivations: calibration (n.), calibrator (n.)
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The word calibrate contains the following part:
-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).