[ uh-sij-uh-leyt ]
/ əˈsɪdʒ əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), a·cid·u·lat·ed, a·cid·u·lat·ing.

to make somewhat acid.
to sour; embitter.

Origin of acidulate

First recorded in 1725–35; acidul(ous) + -ate1

Related forms

a·cid·u·la·tion, nounsem·i·a·cid·u·lat·ed, adjectivesu·per·a·cid·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·a·cid·u·lat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acidulate

  • 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
  • If tomatoes are not used, acidulate a combination of tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.

    The Khaki Kook Book|Mary Kennedy Core

British Dictionary definitions for acidulate


/ (əˈsɪdjʊˌleɪt) /


(tr) to make slightly acid or sour

Derived Forms

acidulation, noun

Word Origin for acidulate

C18: acidulous + -ate 1
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