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From (the stem of) Latin constellatus ‎(starred) +‎ -ate.


constellate ‎(third-person singular simple present constellates, present participle constellating, simple past and past participle constellated)

  1. (transitive) To combine as a cluster.
  2. (transitive) To fit, adorn (as if) with constellations.
  3. (intransitive) To (form a) cluster.
    • 2013, Hilary Mantel, ‘Royal Bodies’, London Review of Books, 35.IV:
      It’s no surprise that so much fiction constellates around the subject of Henry and his wives.
  4. (intransitive) To shine with united radiance, or one general light.
    • Boyle
      The several things which engage our affections [] shine forth and constellate in God.

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