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conjugate adj
1 joined together especially in a pair or pairs [syn: conjugated, coupled]
2 of a pinnate leaflet; having only one pair of leaflets
3 formed by the union of two compounds; "a conjugated protein" [syn: conjugated]
4 of an organic compound; containing two or more double bonds each separated from the other by a single bond [syn: conjugated] n : 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 [syn: conjugate solution]


1 unite chemically so that the product is easily broken down into the original compounds
2 add inflections showing person, number, gender, tense, aspect, etc.; "conjugate the verb"
3 undergo conjugation

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  1. To list the inflected forms of a verb for each person, in order, for one or more tenses.
    In English, the verb 'to be' is conjugated as follows: 'I am', 'you are' (or 'thou art'), 'he/she/it is', 'we are', 'you are', 'they are'.

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conjugate (plural conjugates)
  1. Any entity formed by joining two or more smaller entities together.
  2. (of a complex number) A complex conjugate.


Extensive Definition

Conjugal redirects here. For the type of prison visit, see conjugal visit.
Conjugation may refer to:
In mathematics:
In the biosciences:
  • In biology, transmission of DNA without fusion of gametes. This includes bacterial conjugation, which takes place without fusion; conjugation in ciliates, which involves fusion of nuclei but not cells; and conjugation in certain algae and fungi, which involves fusion of cells but not filaments.
  • In immunology, a conjugate vaccine
  • In metabolism, conjugation is a biochemical process to bind a substance to an acid and thereby deactivating its biological activity, making it water-soluble, and facilitating its excretion.
In chemistry:
  • a conjugate acid-base pair is one base and one acid which differ from each other by one proton (H+), as defined by the Brønsted-Lowry acid-base theory
  • In organic chemistry, a conjugated system is a system of atoms covalently bonded with alternating single and multiple bonds.
  • In biochemistry: (see metabolism above)
In physics:
conjugate in Catalan: Conjugació
conjugate in German: Konjugation
conjugate in Spanish: Conjugación
conjugate in French: Conjugaison (homonymie)
conjugate in Italian: Coniugazione
conjugate in Japanese: 共役
conjugate in Polish: Koniugacja
conjugate in Portuguese: Conjugação
conjugate in Swedish: Konjugation
conjugate in Chinese: 共轭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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