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1 the state of being joined together [syn: junction, conjunction, colligation]
2 the inflection of verbs
3 the complete set of inflected forms of a verb
4 a class of verbs having the same inflectional forms
5 the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; "the casual couplings of adolescents"; "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring" [syn: coupling, mating, pairing, union, sexual union]
6 the act of making or becoming a single unit; "the union of opposing factions"; "he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays" [syn: union, unification, uniting, jointure] [ant: disunion]

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from conjugationem, from conjugare verb (to join together)



conjugation (plural: conjugations)
  1. The coming together of things.
  2. The fusion of organisms.
  3. : In some languages, one of several classifications of verbs according to what inflections they take.
  4. : The act of conjugating a verb.


coming together of things
fusion of organisms
in some languages, one of several classifications of verbs
  • Croatian: konjugacija
  • French: conjugaison
  • Greek: συζυγία (siziyía) , κλίση (klísi)
  • Japanese: 活用
  • Spanish: conjugación
act of conjugating a verb
  • Croatian: konjugacija, sprezanje
  • Czech: časování
  • Dutch: vervoeging
  • Finnish: taivuttaminen, taivutus
  • French: conjugaison
  • Greek: συζυγία (siziyía) , κλίση (klísi)
  • Hebrew: הטיה (hat'aia) ,
  • Icelandic: sagnbeyging, persónubeyging sagna
  • Japanese: 活用
  • Spanish: conjugación

Related terms

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:
conjugation in Catalan: Conjugació
conjugation in German: Konjugation
conjugation in Spanish: Conjugación
conjugation in French: Conjugaison (homonymie)
conjugation in Italian: Coniugazione
conjugation in Japanese: 共役
conjugation in Polish: Koniugacja
conjugation in Portuguese: Conjugação
conjugation in Swedish: Konjugation
conjugation in Chinese: 共轭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Anschluss, IC analysis, Janus, abutment, abuttal, accidence, addition, adjacency, adjoiningness, affiliation, affix, affixation, agglomeration, agglutination, aggregation, agreement, alliance, allomorph, amalgamation, ambiguity, ambivalence, apposition, appulse, articulation, artificial insemination, assimilation, association, biformity, bifurcation, blend, blending, bond, bound morpheme, bracketing, cabal, cartel, centralization, clustering, coalescence, coalition, combination, combine, combo, communication, composition, concatenation, concourse, concurrence, confederacy, confederation, confluence, congeries, conglomeration, conjunction, connection, consolidation, conspiracy, conterminousness, contiguity, convergence, copulation, coterminousness, coupling, cross-fertilization, cross-pollination, cutting, declension, derivation, dichotomy, difference of form, doubleness, doublethink, doubling, dualism, duality, duplexity, duplication, duplicity, ecumenism, embodiment, enclitic, encompassment, enosis, equivocality, fecundation, federalization, federation, fertilization, formative, free form, fusion, gathering, getting with child, halving, heterogamy, hookup, immediate constituent analysis, impregnation, inclusion, incorporation, infix, infixation, inflection, insemination, integration, intercommunication, intercourse, interlinking, irony, isogamy, joinder, joining, jointure, junction, junta, juxtaposition, knotting, league, liaison, linkage, linking, marriage, meeting, meld, melding, merger, merging, morph, morpheme, morphemic analysis, morphemics, morphology, morphophonemics, orthogamy, package, package deal, pairing, paradigm, perigee, perihelion, polarity, pollination, pollinization, prefix, prefixation, proclitic, radical, root, solidification, splice, stem, suffix, suffixation, symbiosis, syncretism, syndication, syneresis, synthesis, syzygy, theme, tie, tie-in, tie-up, twinning, two-facedness, twoness, unification, union, wedding, word-formation, yoking, zygosis
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