-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▪ phosphate>-ately [ıtli] [in adverbs]▪ fortunately
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.