- (transitive) to break a word at the end of a line according to the hyphenation rules by adding a hyphen on the end of the line.
- (transitive) to join words or syllables with a hyphen.
- you have to hyphenate his surname as it's double-barrelled
Derived terms edit
to break a word at the end of a line according to the hyphenation rules
to join words or syllables with a hyphen
hyphenate (plural hyphenates)
- A person or object with multiple duties, abilities or characteristics, such as "writer-director", "actor-model", or "singer-songwriter".
- A person whose ethnicity is a multi-word hyphenated term, such as "African-American".
- 2006, Nick Adams, Making Friends With Black People, page 15:
- We seem to have settled on African-American, and at first glance it certainly does seem logical. […] Not to mention what happens when hyphenates marry other hyphenates and have baby hyphenates.