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agglutinate

ag·glu·ti·nate

agglutinate

 
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: glu t neIt
inflections: agglutinated, agglutinates, agglutinating
definition: to fuse or unite, as by glue.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: glu t neIt
definition: to become bonded together, as though by glue.
 
part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: glu t niht
definition: stuck together, as by glue.
 
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: glu t niht
definition: something fused or bonded as by glue; clump.
derivation: agglutinative (adj.)
Word Parts
The word agglutinate contains the following parts:
ag- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ag- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "g." See ad-.
-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).