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[noun kahr-buh-neyt, -nit; verb kahr-buh-neyt] /noun ˈkɑr bəˌneɪt, -nɪt; verb ˈkɑr bəˌneɪt/
a salt or ester of carbonic acid.
verb (used with object), carbonated, carbonating.
to form into a carbonate.
to charge or impregnate with carbon dioxide:
carbonated drinks.
to make sprightly; enliven.
Origin of carbonate
1785-95; carbon(ic acid) + -ate2, later taken as -ate1
Related forms
carbonator, noun
noncarbonate, noun
noncarbonated, adjective
semicarbonate, adjective
uncarbonated, adjective Unabridged
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  • Potash, free or carbonated, is another remedy of considerable importance in Scrofulous diseases.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • Sixty francs for a quart of carbonated bilge and a racket like nothing on earth.

    Command William McFee
  • The next day, he and Bill Myers got a bottle of carbonated water and mixed themselves a couple of drinks of it.

    Hunter Patrol Henry Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • Just before serving, add the carbonated water, which lends a sparkling appearance and a snappy taste to a beverage of this kind.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • It sparkled like carbonated water as compared with the rather flat matches of yesterday.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • Cracked ice, strong coffee, and carbonated water in small quantities are valuable in allaying thirst and nausea.

British Dictionary definitions for carbonated


noun (ˈkɑːbəˌneɪt; -nɪt)
a salt or ester of carbonic acid. Carbonate salts contain the divalent ion CO32–
verb (ˈkɑːbəˌneɪt)
to form or turn into a carbonate
(transitive) to treat with carbon dioxide or carbonic acid, as in the manufacture of soft drinks
Word Origin
C18: from French, from carbonecarbon
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Word Origin and History for carbonated

"containing carbon dioxide," 1858, past participle adjective from carbonate (v.).



1794, from French carbonate "salt of carbonic acid" (Lavoisier), from Modern Latin carbonatem "a carbonated (substance)," from Latin carbo (see carbon).


1805, "to form into a carbonate," from carbonate (n.) by influence of French carbonater "transform into a carbonate." Meaning "to impregnate with carbonic acid gas (i.e. carbon dioxide)" is from 1850s. Related: Carbonated; carbonating.

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carbonated in Medicine

carbonate car·bon·ate (kär'bə-nāt')
A salt or ester of carbonic acid.

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carbonated in Science
  1. A salt or ester of carbonic acid, containing the group CO3. The reaction of carbonic acid with a metal results in a salt (such as sodium carbonate), and the reaction of carbonic acid with an organic compound results in an ester (such as diethyl carbonate).

  2. Any other compound containing the group CO3. Carbonates include minerals such as calcite and aragonite.

  3. Sediment or a sedimentary rock formed by the precipitation of organic or inorganic carbon from an aqueous solution of carbonates of calcium, magnesium, or iron. Limestone is a carbonate rock.

Verb  To add carbon dioxide to a substance, such as a beverage.
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