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[ dee-hahy-dreyt ]

verb (used with object)

, de·hy·drat·ed, de·hy·drat·ing.
  1. to deprive (a chemical compound) of water or the elements of water.
  2. to free (fruit, vegetables, etc.) from moisture for preservation; dry.
  3. to remove water from (the body or a tissue).
  4. to deprive of spirit, force, or meaning; render less interesting or effectual.

verb (used without object)

, de·hy·drat·ed, de·hy·drat·ing.
  1. to lose water or moisture:

    Milk dehydrates easily.


/ ˌdiːhaɪˈdreɪt; diːˈhaɪdreɪt /


  1. to lose or cause to lose water; make or become anhydrous
  2. to lose or cause to lose hydrogen atoms and oxygen atoms in the proportions in which they occur in water, as in a chemical reaction
  3. to lose or deprive of water, as the body or tissues

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Derived Forms

  • deˈhydrator, noun
  • ˌdehyˈdration, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dehydrate1

First recorded in 1850–55; de- + hydrate

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Example Sentences

Mosley was admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center on April 25, dehydrated and with her kidneys starting to fail.

You can still dehydrate in the winterIn many regions, the winter air is dry.

It comes with a multi-level air fryer basket and a dehydrating and broiling tray.

Adair says these are signs that you’re either dehydrated or hyponatremic, meaning you have too much fluid compared to electrolytes.

In both, heat has dehydrated grapes, cutting yields to as much as 40% less than forecast at one property.

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Drop absolute alcohol on to the section from a drop bottle, to dehydrate it.

Decolourise and dehydrate rapidly with absolute alcohol until there remains only a very faint bluish tint.

Flood with several changes of absolute alcohol to dehydrate the section.

It is employed to dehydrate certain oils with which the pork-packer adulterates lard.

Captain, you don't dehydrate beans and pop-corn—they come that way naturally.


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