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 (ā′tē, ä′tē, ä′tā)
n. Greek Mythology
The goddess of criminal rashness and consequent punishment.

[Greek Ātē, personification of ātē, fault, error.]


Past tense of eat.


(ɛt; eɪt)
the past tense of eat


(ˈeɪtɪ; ˈɑːtɪ)
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a goddess who makes men blind so that they will blunder into guilty acts
[C16: via Latin from Greek atē a rash impulse]


(eɪt; Brit. ɛt)

pt. of eat.


(ˈeɪ ti, ˈɑ ti)

an ancient Greek goddess personifying the fatal blindness or recklessness that leads to ruinous actions.
[< Greek átē]


a suffix occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin, as adjectives (literate; passionate), nouns (candidate; prelate), and esp. past participles of verbs, which in English may function as verbs or adjectives (consecrate; considerate; translate); now used also as a verb-forming suffix in English (calibrate; hyphenate).
[< Latin -ātus, orig. =-ā- stem vowel of verbs + -t- past participle suffix]


a specialization of -ate1, used to form the names of salts corresponding to acids whose names end in -ic: nitrate; sulfate.


a suffix occurring orig. in nouns borrowed from Latin that denote offices or functions (consulate; triumvirate), as well as institutions or collective bodies (electorate; senate); sometimes extended to denote a person who exercises such a function (magistrate; potentate), an associated place (consulate), or a period of office or rule (protectorate); now joined to stems of any origin and denoting the office, term of office, or territory of a ruler or official (caliphate; khanate).
[< Latin -ātus (genitive -ātūs), generalized from v. ders]
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Noun1.Ate - goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment


(iːt) past tense ate (et eit; (American) eit) : past participle ˈeaten verb
to (chew and) swallow; to take food. They are forbidden to eat meat; They ate up all the cakes; We must eat to live.
ˈeatable (negative uneatable) adjective
fit to be eaten. The meal was scarcely eatable.
(in plural) food. Cover all eatables to keep mice away.
eat into
to destroy or waste gradually. Acid eats into metal; The school fees have eaten into our savings.
eat one's words
to admit humbly that one was mistaken in saying something. I'll make him eat his words!


pret de eat
References in classic literature ?
Beth ate no more, but crept away to sit in her shadowy corner and brood over the delight to come, till the others were ready.
One of the Bentley sisters cooked the little animal and he ate it with great gusto.
the Ind- ians ate by themselves, two acting as servants to Jacinto and the professor's party.
I turned back the papery triangular sheaths that protected the berries and ate a few.
They stood outside the window and the cook passed them their coffee and a roll, which they drank and ate from the window-sill.
He ate and drank with an appetite that no sense of danger could disturb, but his vigilance seemed never to desert him.
He had the strangest companions imaginable; men with long beards, and dressed in linen blouses, and other such new-fangled and ill-fitting garments; reformers, temperance lecturers, and all manner of cross-looking philanthropists; community-men, and come-outers, as Hepzibah believed, who acknowledged no law, and ate no solid food, but lived on the scent of other people's cookery, and turned up their noses at the fare.
Left alone, the minister summoned a servant of the house, and requested food, which, being set before him, he ate with ravenous appetite.
He could not help, too, rolling his large eyes round him as he ate, and chuckling with the possibility that he might one day be lord of all this scene of almost unimaginable luxury and splendor.
For what he ate did not so much relieve his hunger, as keep it immortal in him.
But the forecastle was not very light, and it was very easy to step over into a dark corner when you ate it.
The men wore their hats, or, if they wished, they took them off, and their coats with them; they ate when and where they pleased, and moved as often as they pleased.