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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.]
(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]
gem•i•nate(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.adj.
2. combined or arranged in pairs; coupled.n.
3. a doubled consonant sound.
[1590–1600; < Latin geminātus, past participle of gemināre to double, derivative of geminus twin]
Past participle: geminated
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|Noun||1.||geminate - a doubled or long consonant; "the `n' in `thinness' is a geminate"|
consonant - a speech sound that is not a vowel
|Verb||1.||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
|2.||geminate - occur in pairs|
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"
|4.||geminate - arrange or combine in pairs; "The consonants are geminated in these words"|