fluoridate

[ floor-i-deyt, flawr-, flohr- ]
/ ˈflʊər ɪˌdeɪt, ˈflɔr-, ˈfloʊr- /

verb (used with object), fluor·i·dat·ed, fluor·i·dat·ing.

to introduce a fluoride into: to fluoridate drinking water.

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Origin of fluoridate

First recorded in 1945–50; back formation from fluoridation

OTHER WORDS FROM fluoridate

de·fluor·i·date, verb (used with object), de·fluor·i·dat·ed, de·fluor·i·dat·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for fluoridate

fluoridate
/ (ˈflʊərɪˌdeɪt) /

verb

to subject (water) to fluoridation
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Scientific definitions for fluoridate

fluoridate
[ flurĭ-dāt′ ]

To add fluorine or a fluoride to something, especially to drinking water in order to prevent tooth decay.
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