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acidulate

[uh-sij-uh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), a·cid·u·lat·ed, a·cid·u·lat·ing.
  1. to make somewhat acid.
  2. to sour; embitter.
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Origin of acidulate

First recorded in 1725–35; acidul(ous) + -ate1
Related formsa·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
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Examples from the Web for acidulate

Historical Examples

  • 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

acidulate

verb
  1. (tr) to make slightly acid or sour
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Derived Formsacidulation, noun

Word Origin

C18: acidulous + -ate 1
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