[ gley-shee-eyt, -see- ]
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verb (used with object),gla·ci·at·ed, gla·ci·at·ing.
  1. to cover with ice or glaciers.

  2. to affect by glacial action.

verb (used without object),gla·ci·at·ed, gla·ci·at·ing.
  1. to become frozen or covered with ice or glaciers.

Origin of glaciate

1615–25; <Latin glaciātus (past participle of glaciāre to freeze), equivalent to glaci(ēs) ice + -ātus-ate1

Other words from glaciate

  • gla·ci·a·tion, noun
  • un·gla·ci·at·ed, adjective

Words Nearby glaciate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use glaciate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for glaciate


/ (ˈɡleɪsɪˌeɪt) /

  1. to cover or become covered with glaciers or masses of ice

  2. (tr) to subject to the effects of glaciers, such as denudation and erosion

Derived forms of glaciate

  • glaciation, noun

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