Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of conjugating.
  • n. The state of being conjugated.
  • n. Grammar The inflection of a particular verb.
  • n. Grammar A presentation of the complete set of inflected forms of a verb.
  • n. Grammar A class of verbs having similar inflected forms.
  • n. Biology The temporary union of two bacterial cells during which one cell transfers part or all of its genome to the other.
  • n. Biology A process of sexual reproduction in which ciliate protozoans of the same species temporarily couple and exchange genetic material.
  • n. Biology A process of sexual reproduction in certain algae and fungi in which temporary or permanent fusion occurs, resulting in the union of the male and female gametes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The coming together of things.
  • n. The temporary fusion of organisms, especially as part of sexual reproduction
  • n. Sexual relations within marriage
  • n. In some languages, one of several classifications of verbs according to what inflections they take.
  • n. The act of conjugating a verb.
  • n. The conjugated forms of a verb.
  • n. A system of delocalized orbitals consisting of alternating single bonds and double bonds
  • n. A mapping sending x to gxg-1, where g and x are elements of a group; inner automorphism
  • n. A function which negates the non-real part of a complex or hypercomplex number; complex conjugation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the act of uniting or combining; union; assemblage.
  • n. Two things conjoined; a pair; a couple.
  • n.
  • n. The act of conjugating a verb or giving in order its various parts and inflections.
  • n. A scheme in which are arranged all the parts of a verb.
  • n. A class of verbs conjugated in the same manner.
  • n. A kind of sexual union; -- applied to a blending of the contents of two or more cells or individuals in some plants and lower animals, by which new spores or germs are developed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of uniting or combining; a coming together; union; conjunction; assemblage.
  • n. Ingrammar: The inflection of a verb in its different forms, as voices, moods, tenses, numbers, and persons; a connected scheme of all the derivative forms of a verb.
  • n. A class of verbs similarly conjugated: as, Latin verbs of the third conjugation.
  • n. In Hebrew and other Semitic languages, one of several groups of inflections normally formed from the same verb, and expressing a modification of meaning analogous to that found in certain classes of derivative verbs in Indo-European languages, or to the voices of these.
  • n. A union or coupling; a combination of two or more individuals. [Obsolete except in specific use. See 4.]
  • n. In biol, a union of two distinct cells for reproduction; a temporary or permanent growing together of two or more individuals or cells, with fusion of their plasmodic substance, as a means of reproduction by germs or spores, or a means of renewing individual capacity to multiply by fission.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being joined together
  • n. a class of verbs having the same inflectional forms
  • n. the inflection of verbs
  • n. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
  • n. the complete set of inflected forms of a verb
  • n. the act of making or becoming a single unit

Etymologies

From Latin coniugātiō ("combining, connecting; conjugation"), from coniugō ("join, unite together"), from con- ("with") + iugō ("join, bind, connect"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Skipping conjugation is just being informal which is done all the time and is the unexpected part of the language

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  • Further oxidation results in conjugation of the imidazoline ring with Tyr66 and maturation of a fluorescent species.

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  • Importantly, inactivation of the enzyme led to inhibition of ubiquitin conjugation to the general population of cellular proteins and was not confined to inhibition of conjugation of histone H2A.

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  • The conjugation is the very old latinate one, very simple tenes, podes, etc.

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  • DNA, but also on cellular DNA as manifested in conjugation experiments.

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  • They can trade them cell to cell by opening their membranes to each other, a process called conjugation.

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  • Here it is the Hithpael conjugation, which is reflexive in its force, and, like the middle voice in Greek, represents what an individual does for himself; or in his own concerns; and should manifestly have been rendered, ye shall _offer yourselves_ for sale.

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  • The word _Makar_ rendered "be sold" is used here in the Hithpael conjugation, which is generally reflexive in its force, and, like the middle voice in Greek, represents what an individual does for himself, and should manifestly have been rendered, "ye shall _offer yourselves_ for sale, and there shall be no purchaser."

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  • I guess you're from Great Britain. We use to consider you European just like the rest of us :-)

    August 8, 2008

  • I love to conjugate French and Latin verbs in my spare time. Sadly we do not use this term so much vis-a-vis English verbs. I am fascinated by the way the word changes spelling as one goes through the various persons and tenses. And then there is the sexual innuendo of conjugation, too. Conjugal visits in prison, anyone? English verbs are so flat compared to European verbs.

    August 7, 2008