Other forms: conjugated; conjugating; conjugates

Conjugate is what you do to a word to make it agree with other words in a sentence. If you’ve studied a foreign language, you know that sometimes you can conjugate a verb just by changing its endings.

To conjugate the verb to be, you’d say “I am,” “you are,” “she is,” and so on. You’re changing the form of the verb to make it agree with the subject. You might conjugate other words to make them agree in number, gender, or tense. In chemistry, conjugate means "to join together." It can also be an adjective, meaning "joined," or "joined in pairs," like the conjugate leaf of an Oak tree.

Definitions of conjugate
  1. verb
    undergo conjugation
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    add inflections showing person, number, gender, tense, aspect, etc.
    conjugate the verb”
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    type of:
    change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language
  3. verb
    unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds
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    type of:
    blend, coalesce, combine, commingle, conflate, flux, fuse, immix, meld, merge, mix
    mix together different elements
Definitions of conjugate
  1. adjective
    joined together especially in a pair or pairs
    synonyms: conjugated, coupled
    characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity
  2. adjective
    (of a pinnate leaflet) having only one pair of leaflets
    composed of more than one part
  3. adjective
    of an organic compound; containing two or more double bonds each separated from the other by a single bond
    synonyms: conjugated
    held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union
  4. adjective
    formed by the union of two compounds
    “a conjugated protein”
    synonyms: conjugated
    held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union
  5. noun
    a mixture of two partially miscible liquids A and B produces two conjugate solutions: one of A in B and another of B in A
    synonyms: conjugate solution
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    type of:
    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
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