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v. gem·i·nat·ed, gem·i·nat·ing, gem·i·nates
1. To double.
2. To arrange in pairs.
3. Linguistics To make into a geminate.
1. To occur in pairs.
2. Linguistics To become a geminate.
adj. (-nĭt, -nāt′)
Forming a pair; doubled.
n. (-nĭt, -nāt′) Linguistics
A long or doubled consonant sound, such as the tt in the Italian word sotto or the nn in the English word thinness.

[Latin gemināre, gemināt-, from geminus, twin.]

gem′i·na′tion n.


(Botany) combined in pairs; doubled: a geminate leaf; a geminate consonant.
to arrange or be arranged in pairs: the 't's in 'fitted' are geminated.
[C17: from Latin gemināre to double, from geminus born at the same time, twin]
ˈgeminately adv


(v. ˈdʒɛm əˌneɪt; adj., n. -nɪt, -ˌneɪt)

v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
adj., n. v.t., v.i.
1. to make or become doubled or paired.
2. combined or arranged in pairs; coupled.
3. a doubled consonant sound.
[1590–1600; < Latin geminātus, past participle of gemināre to double, derivative of geminus twin]
gem′i•nate•ly, adv.
gem`i•na′tion, n.


Past participle: geminated
Gerund: geminating

I geminate
you geminate
he/she/it geminates
we geminate
you geminate
they geminate
I geminated
you geminated
he/she/it geminated
we geminated
you geminated
they geminated
Present Continuous
I am geminating
you are geminating
he/she/it is geminating
we are geminating
you are geminating
they are geminating
Present Perfect
I have geminated
you have geminated
he/she/it has geminated
we have geminated
you have geminated
they have geminated
Past Continuous
I was geminating
you were geminating
he/she/it was geminating
we were geminating
you were geminating
they were geminating
Past Perfect
I had geminated
you had geminated
he/she/it had geminated
we had geminated
you had geminated
they had geminated
I will geminate
you will geminate
he/she/it will geminate
we will geminate
you will geminate
they will geminate
Future Perfect
I will have geminated
you will have geminated
he/she/it will have geminated
we will have geminated
you will have geminated
they will have geminated
Future Continuous
I will be geminating
you will be geminating
he/she/it will be geminating
we will be geminating
you will be geminating
they will be geminating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been geminating
you have been geminating
he/she/it has been geminating
we have been geminating
you have been geminating
they have been geminating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been geminating
you will have been geminating
he/she/it will have been geminating
we will have been geminating
you will have been geminating
they will have been geminating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been geminating
you had been geminating
he/she/it had been geminating
we had been geminating
you had been geminating
they had been geminating
I would geminate
you would geminate
he/she/it would geminate
we would geminate
you would geminate
they would geminate
Past Conditional
I would have geminated
you would have geminated
he/she/it would have geminated
we would have geminated
you would have geminated
they would have geminated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.geminate - a doubled or long consonant; "the `n' in `thinness' is a geminate"
consonant - a speech sound that is not a vowel
Verb1.geminate - form by reduplication; "The consonant reduplicates after a short vowel"; "The morpheme can be reduplicated to emphasize the meaning of the word"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate, double - make or do or perform again; "He could never replicate his brilliant performance of the magic trick"
2.geminate - occur in pairs
geminate, pair - arrange in pairs; "Pair these numbers"
occur - to be found to exist; "sexism occurs in many workplaces"; "precious stones occur in a large area in Brazil"
3.geminate - arrange in pairs; "Pair these numbers"
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
geminate, pair - occur in pairs
4.geminate - arrange or combine in pairs; "The consonants are geminated in these words"
double, duplicate - increase twofold; "The population doubled within 50 years"


To make or become twice as great:
Composed of two parts or things:
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The 18 chapters address phonological processes unique to Sino-Japanese and foreign strata, as well as the mimetic stratum, and word tone/accent, mora-timing, sequential voicing (rendaku), consonant geminates, vowel devoicing and diphthongs, and the appearance of new consonant phonemes.
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