noun Chemistry.

a salt or ester of formic acid.

Nearby words

  1. formalwear,
  2. formamidase,
  3. forman,
  4. formant,
  5. format,
  6. formatio,
  7. formation,
  8. formation dance,
  9. formation rules,
  10. formative

Origin of formate

First recorded in 1800–10; form(ic) + -ate2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for formate



any salt or ester of formic acid containing the ion HCOO or the group HCOO–

Word Origin for formate

C19: from form (ic) + -ate 1

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Medicine definitions for formate




A compound, such as a salt or ester of formic acid, that contains the HCOO- radical.

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Science definitions for formate



A salt or ester of formic acid, containing the group HCOO.
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