- -ate -ate [From the L. suffix -atus, the past participle
ending of verbs of the 1st conj.]
1. As an ending of participles or participial adjectives it
is equivalent to -ed; as, situate or situated; animate or
4. In chemistry it is used to denote the salts formed from those acids whose names end -ic (excepting binary or halogen acids); as, sulphate from sulphuric acid, nitrate from nitric acid, etc. It is also used in the case of certain basic salts. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.