[ a-bleyt ]
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verb (used with object),ab·lat·ed, ab·lat·ing.
  1. to remove or dissipate by melting, vaporization, erosion, etc.: to ablate a metal surface with intense heat.

verb (used without object),ab·lat·ed, ab·lat·ing.
  1. to become ablated; undergo ablation.

Origin of ablate

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin ablātus “carried away,” past participle of auferre “to carry away,” from au-, variant of ab- ab- + ferre “to bear, bring, carry”; for the element -lātus, earlier tlātus (unrecorded), see also thole2, tolerate

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/ (æbˈleɪt) /

  1. (tr) to remove by ablation

Origin of ablate

C20: back formation from ablation

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