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  • Verb

concatenate

kon-KAT-n-ayt

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In his lecture on the causes of the Civil War, the professor connected or concatenated separate, isolated happenings together into a logical chain of events. Samuel had never thought about the events of his grandfather’s lifetime in this linked, concatenated way before. As he listened to the professor speak, Samuel finally understood how these separate events joined and concatenated into a chain of influences and reactions that produced the final conflict.

Quiz: What does it mean to concatenate things?

  • To lay them out logically according to an ideal.
  • To organize them chronologically through time.
  • To link them together end to end in a chain.

Memory Hook
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Nate's Cat Cones Nate stuffed cats into large ice cream cones in order to concatenate them into cone cat chains.

Examples
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  • Unlimited Function Input Parameters — Allows the use of unlimited parameters in several data processing functions, such as concatenate, add, and multiply, when using MapForce’s visual function builder. —BNET
  • Mr. Frost, inquiring whether Nixon felt that the invasion of Cambodia fueled the growth of the Khmer Rouge, uses the word 'concatenate.' —The New York Times
  • Then Jim came up with the idea of bringing together a group of established characters from different milieus into one situation and having them concatenate. —The New York Times

Word Ingredients
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con- with, together
caten chain
-ate make something have a certain quality

Separate elements that concatenate “chain together.”

Word Theater
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Advertisement: Barrel of Monkeys Concatenating toy monkeys.
Concatenate

Word Constellation
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Concatenate