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decrepitate

[ dih-krep-i-teyt ]
/ d瑟藞kr蓻p 瑟藢te瑟t /
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verb (used with object), de路crep路i路tat路ed, de路crep路i路tat路ing.
to roast or calcine (salt, minerals, etc.) so as to cause crackling or until crackling ceases.
verb (used without object), de路crep路i路tat路ed, de路crep路i路tat路ing.
to break up when exposed to heat.
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Origin of decrepitate

1640鈥50; <New Latin d膿crepit膩tus crackled, past participle of d膿crepit膩re, equivalent to Latin d膿-de- + crepit膩re to crackle (frequentative of crep膩re to crack); see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM decrepitate

de路crep路i路ta路tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decrepitate

decrepitate
/ (d瑟藞kr蓻p瑟藢te瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to heat (a substance, such as a salt) until it emits a crackling sound or until this sound stops
(intr) (esp of a salt) to crackle, as while being heated

Derived forms of decrepitate

decrepitation, noun

Word Origin for decrepitate

C17: from New Latin d膿crepit膩re, from Latin crepit膩re to crackle, from crep膩re to creak
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