|1.||(forming adjectives) possessing; having the appearance or characteristics of: fortunate; palmate; Latinate|
|2.||(forming nouns) a chemical compound, esp a salt or ester of an acid: carbonate; stearate|
|3.||(forming nouns) the product of a process: condensate|
|4.||forming verbs from nouns and adjectives: hyphenate; rusticate|
|[from Latin -ātus, past participial ending of verbs ending in -āre]|
|—suffix forming nouns|
|denoting office, rank, or a group having a certain function: episcopate; electorate|
|[from Latin -ātus, suffix (fourth declension) of collective nouns]|
A derivative of a specified chemical compound or element: aluminate.
A salt or ester of a specified acid whose name ends in -ic: acetate.
A suffix used to form the name of a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ic, such as acetate, a salt or ester of acetic acid. Such salts or esters have one oxygen atom more than corresponding salts or esters with names ending in -ite. For example, a sulfate is a salt of sulfuric acid and contains the group SO4, while a sulfite contains SO3. Compare -ite.