- Link (things) together in a chain or series.
“One of the first things I learned in my computer science class was to concatenate a list of variables.”
“I had notes from many different sources, so I stopped to concatenate them into one outline.”
“The vacation days concatenated together until they seemed almost identical.”
Latin, late 15th century
Why this word?
“Concatenate” is a very old word with many modern applications. It entered English from Latin in the 15th century — first as an adjective describing things chained together, then as a verb that depicted the chaining. “Concatenate” has become an important verb in the context of digital data. In computer spreadsheet applications, the concatenate function turns unorganized data into chained-together information, ready for later access.
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