- stuck together, as with glue
- Linguis. forming words by agglutination
Origin of agglutinateClassical Latin agglutinatus, past participle of agglutinare, to cement to ; from ad-, to + glutinare ; from gluten, glue ; from Indo-European base an unverified form glei-: see clay
- to stick together, as with glue; join by adhesion
- Linguis. to form (words) by agglutination
- to clump, as microorganisms, blood cells, etc.
verbag·glu·ti·nat·ed, ag·glu·ti·nat·ing, ag·glu·ti·nates
- To cause to adhere, as with glue.
- Linguistics To form (words) by combining words or words and word elements.
- Physiology To cause (red blood cells or bacteria) to clump together.
- To join together into a group or mass.
- Linguistics To form words by agglutination.
- Physiology To clump together; undergo agglutination.
Origin of agglutinateLatin aggl&umacron;tinare, aggl&umacron;tinat- : ad-, ad- + gl&umacron;tinare, to glue (from gl&umacron;ten, glue).
- United with glue or as with glue; cemented together.
- (linguistics) Consisting of root words combined but not materially altered as to form or meaning; as, agglutinate forms, languages, etc.
(third-person singular simple present agglutinates, present participle agglutinating, simple past and past participle agglutinated)