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  1. a compound formed by the interaction of a solvent and a solute.
verb (used with object), solv·at·ed, solv·at·ing.
  1. to convert into a solvate.

Origin of solvate

First recorded in 1900–05; solv(ent) + -ate1
Related formssolv·a·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for solvation

Historical Examples

  • On solution in water, hydration or solvation probably takes place with the production of heat.

    Chlorination of Water

    Joseph Race

British Dictionary definitions for solvation


  1. the process in which there is some chemical association between the molecules of a solute and those of the solvent. An example is an aqueous solution of copper sulphate which contains complex ions of the type [Cu(H 2 O) 4 ] 2+


  1. chem to undergo, cause to undergo, or partake in solvation

Word Origin

C20: from solvent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for solvation


1909, noun of action from solvate, a verb used in chemistry, from solvent + -ate (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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