-ate [ıt, eıt] suffix
[: Latin; Origin: -atus]
1.) [in adjectives]
full of or showing a particular quality
affectionate (=showing love)
2.) [in verbs]
to make something have a particular quality
activate (=make something start working)
regulate (=control something or make it regular)
3.) [in nouns]
a group of people with particular duties
the electorate (=voters)
4.) [in nouns]
the job, rank, or degree of a particular type of person
She was awarded her doctorate (=PhD) .
5.) [in nouns]
a chemical salt formed from a particular acid
>-ately [ıtli] [in adverbs]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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