[ klawr-uh-neyt, klohr- ]
/ ˈklɔr əˌneɪt, ˈkloʊr- /
verb (used with object), chlo·ri·nat·ed, chlo·ri·nat·ing.
- to combine or treat with chlorine.
- to introduce chlorine atoms into an organic compound by an addition or substitution reaction.
to disinfect (water) by means of chlorine.
Metallurgy. to treat (a gold ore) with chlorine gas in order that the gold may be removed as a soluble chloride.
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Origin of chlorinate
First recorded in 1855–60; chlorine
OTHER WORDS FROM chlorinate
chlo·ri·na·tion, nounchlo·ri·na·tor, nounhy·per·chlo·ri·na·tion, nounpost·chlo·ri·na·tion, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for chlorinate
to combine or treat (a substance) with chlorine
to disinfect (water) with chlorine
Derived forms of chlorinatechlorination, nounchlorinator, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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To treat or combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound.
Other words from chlorinatechlo′ri•na′tion n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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To add chlorine or one of its compounds to a substance. Water and sewage are chlorinated to be disinfected, and paper pulp is chlorinated to be bleached.
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