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hy·phen·ate / ˈhīfəˌnāt/ • v. [tr.] write with a hyphen: [as adj.] (hyphenated) a hyphenated surname. • n. a person who is active in more than one occupation or sphere: as a supreme hyphenate, she was prepared to carry a heavy load as the director-producer-star of her new film. DERIVATIVES: hy·phen·a·tion / ˌhīfəˈnāshən/ n.

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