Meaning of -ator


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  1. a combination of and that forms nouns corresponding to verbs ending in,denoting a human agent (agitator; mediator; adjudicator) or nonhuman entity, esp. a machine (incubator; regulator; vibrator) performing the function named by the verb. Cf. -tor, -or.
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