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-ATE appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • I know a boy named Tate
    who dined with his girl at eight eight.
    I'm unable to state what Tate ate at eight eight
    or what Tate's tête à tête ate at eight eight.
  • As he gobbled the cakes on his plate,
    the greedy ape said as he ate,
    the greener green grapes are,
    the keener keen apes are
    to gobble green grape cakes,
    they're great!
    (from Dr. Seuss' O Say Can You Say?)

-ATE appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Six ate nine taxis.
  • Snap!… I ate taipans.
  • Lisa Bonet ate no basil.
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Definition of -ATE

What does -ATE mean?


  1. [context: in adjectives] having the specified thing
  2. [context: in adjectives] characterized by the specified thing
  3. [context: in adjectives] resembling the specified thing
  4. [context: in nouns] a thing characterised by the specified thing
  5. [context: in nouns] a rank or office
  6. [chemistry, in nouns] a derivative of a specified element or compound; especially a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ic
  7. [context: in verbs] to act in the specified manner

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Quotes about -ATE

The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about. (George Santayana)
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