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hyphen +‎ -ate

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hyphenate (third-person singular simple present hyphenates, present participle hyphenating, simple past and past participle hyphenated)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) to join words or syllables with a hyphen.
    you have to hyphenate his surname as it's double-barrelled

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hyphenate (plural hyphenates)

  1. A person or object with multiple duties, abilities or characteristics, such as "writer-director", "actor-model", or "singer-songwriter".
  2. 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.

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