- Used with a stem to form the past participle of regular -are verbs
- (in nouns) a rank or office; -ate, -hood, -ship, -cy
- (in adjectives) having or resembling the specified thing
- (chemistry) a derivative of a specified element or compound; especially a salt or ester of an acid whose name ends in -ico; -ate
Inherited from Latin -ātus (-ed, -ate, -like, af, conduct n-g) inherited from Proto-Italic *-ātos.