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[ ben-uh-fish-ee-eyt ]
/ ˌbɛn əˈfɪʃ iˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), ben·e·fi·ci·at·ed, ben·e·fi·ci·at·ing. Metallurgy.

to treat (ore) to make more suitable for smelting.

Nearby words

beneficence, beneficent, beneficial, beneficially, beneficiary, beneficiate, benefit, benefit in kind, benefit of clergy, benefit of the doubt, benefit society

Origin of beneficiate

1870–75, Americanism; < Spanish benefici(ar) to benefit, profit from (especially mining or farming) (verbal derivative of beneficio < Latin beneficium; see benefice) + -ate1
Related formsben·e·fi·ci·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019