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Definition: to connect, to link in a series or a chain.


This great verb, dated back to the 1600’s, stems from the Low Latin concatenate meaning to link together. This Latin word is a compound word made of com meaning together, and catena representing a chain.

Why this word?

This is a great verb surpassing its synonyms by far! When we want to say that a chain is stronger than its weakest link, or that we need to keep together if we want to win this one, we are always set to uttering a long sentence made of nouns as well as verbs. With this one, all we need to do is say “to concatenate”!

How to use concatenate?

When I searched Google for examples, all I could find were technology and biology examples dealing with the concatenation of chips, segments, keywords, genes, atoms and such. I am, however, assuming that in the 1600’s, all these things were no more than a fantasy, at best, and that this word used to represent a different sort of connection.

“We will not win this fight if each one works alone, we must concatenate!” is to me the original meaning of this word. I use it when collaboration will surely lead to a better outcome than the one achieved with a single force.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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