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From the perfect passive participle stem of Latin concatēnāre (to link or chain together), from con- (with) + catēnō (chain, bind), from catēna (a chain).

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  • (General American) IPA(key): /kənˈkæ.tə.neɪt/
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concatenate (third-person singular simple present concatenates, present participle concatenating, simple past and past participle concatenated)

  1. To join or link together, as though in a chain.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin, published 2004, page 182:
      Locke, by contrast, contended that [madness] was essentially a question of intellectual delusion, the capture of the mind by false ideas concatenated into a logical system of unreality.
  2. (transitive, computing) To join (text strings) together.
    Concatenating "shoe" with "string" yields "shoestring".

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concatenate (not comparable)

  1. (biology) Joined together as if in a chain.
    • 1947, Ivan Mackenzie Lamb, A monograph of the lichen genus Placopsis Nyl, page 166:
      The Nostocoid type consists of small rounded blue-green cells not over 5p. in diameter and arranged in chains which are often much broken up in the cephalodium, so that the concatenate arrangement is hardly apparent.

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  1. inflection of concatenare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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concatenate f pl

  1. feminine plural of concatenato

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of concatēnō

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  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of concatenar combined with te