[floo r-i-deyt, flawr-, flohr-]
verb (used with object), fluor·i·dat·ed, fluor·i·dat·ing.
- to introduce a fluoride into: to fluoridate drinking water.
Origin of fluoridate
Related formsde·fluor·i·date, verb (used with object), de·fluor·i·dat·ed, de·fluor·i·dat·ing.
First recorded in 1945–50;
back formation from fluoridation
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British Dictionary definitions for fluoridate
- to subject (water) to fluoridation
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Word Origin and History for fluoridate
1949, back-formation from fluoridation. Related: Fluoridated; fluoridating.
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- To add fluorine or a fluoride to something, especially to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay.
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