ˈhaɪ fə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
verb (used with object)
to join by a
to write or divide with a
of or pertaining to something of distinct form or origin that has been joined; connected by a
a person working or excelling in more than one craft or occupation:
He's a film-industry hyphenate, usually listed as a writer-director-producer.
) to separate (syllables, words, etc) with a hyphen
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If they decide to quadruple-hyphenate their kids' names, so be it.
Most military histories hyphenate years of conflict and inscribe them on a tombstone formed by parentheses.
Hyphenate when used as a compound adjective: long-range plan long-term, short-term.
Don't hyphenate words that use ex-to mean out of: excommunicate.
Hyphenate when using ex-to mean former: ex-director.
Do not hyphenate elementary level, secondary level, or school level.
For hyphenated names, the entry is alphabetized under the first letter of the hyphenate and a cross reference is provided.
Use the hyphen to hyphenate two words in a compound adjective or words with a hyphenated prefix.
Most authors tend to hyphenate many words which should be written unhyphenated.
If the last word on a line does not fit completely on the line, do not hyphenate the word and continue the word on the next line.
Do not hyphenate words unless necessary for understanding.