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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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Historical Examples

  • The degree of acidulation does not appear to be very important, but about one-tenth per cent of strong acid does well.

    On Laboratory Arts

    Richard Threlfall

British Dictionary definitions for acidulation


  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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