verb (used with object), al·kyl·at·ed, al·kyl·at·ing.
  1. to add one or more alkyl groups to (a compound).

Origin of alkylate

First recorded in 1885–90; alkyl + -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

alkylate in Science


  1. To add one or more alkyl groups to a compound.
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