meaning of -ation

-ation meaning in Etymology Dictionary

word-forming element in making nouns of action; see -ion.


-ation meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix forming nouns of activity, and sometimes equal to the spoken substantive in -ing. It often gets the additional definitions of condition, and therefore which results from action. A majority of these nouns have verbs in -ate; since, alliterate -ation, narrate -ation; lots of people are derived through the French; as, alteration, visitation; and lots of are created on verbs ending in Greek formative -ize (Fr. -ise); as, civilization, demoralization.


-ation meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix creating nouns of activity, and sometimes equivalent to the spoken substantive in -ing. It often gets the additional meanings of condition, and that which results through the activity. Several nouns have verbs in -ate; since, alliterate -ation, narrate -ation; most are derived through the French; as, alteration, visitation; and several are created on verbs ending inside Greek formative -ize (Fr. -ise); since, society, demoralization.