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Meaning of hyphenate

hy•phen•ate

Pronunciation: (v.hī'fu-nāt"adj., n.hī'fu-nit, -nāt"), [key]
— v., adj., n. -at•ed, -at•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to join by a hyphen.
  2. to write or divide with a hyphen.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to something of distinct form or origin that has been joined; connected by a hyphen.
—n.
  1. a person working or excelling in more than one craft or occupation: He's a film-industry hyphenate, usually listed as a writer-director-producer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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