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[uh-sij-uh-leyt] /əˈsɪdʒ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), acidulated, acidulating.
to make somewhat acid.
to sour; embitter.
Origin of acidulate
First recorded in 1725-35; acidul(ous) + -ate1
Related forms
acidulation, noun
semiacidulated, adjective
superacidulated, adjective
unacidulated, adjective Unabridged
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  • If tomatoes are not used, acidulate a combination of tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
  • acidulate the filtered fluid slightly with hydrochloric acid, evaporate it to the bulk of 1⁄2 an ounce, and let it cool.

  • A cup of roselle juice diluted is better to acidulate with than the lemon juice.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
British Dictionary definitions for acidulate


(transitive) to make slightly acid or sour
Derived Forms
acidulation, noun
Word Origin
C18: acidulous + -ate1
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