[ gran-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈgræn yəˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), gran·u·lat·ed, gran·u·lat·ing.

to form into granules or grains.
to raise in granules; make rough on the surface.

verb (used without object), gran·u·lat·ed, gran·u·lat·ing.

to become granular or grainy.
Pathology. to form granulation tissue.

Nearby words

  1. granular leukoblast,
  2. granular leukocyte,
  3. granular ophthalmia,
  4. granularity,
  5. granularly,
  6. granulated sugar,
  7. granulatio,
  8. granulation,
  9. granulation tissue,
  10. granulative

Origin of granulate

First recorded in 1660–70; granule + -ate1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for granulate


/ (ˈɡrænjʊˌleɪt) /


(tr) to make into grains
to make or become roughened in surface texture
(intr) (of a wound, ulcer, etc) to form granulation tissue
Derived Formsgranulative, adjectivegranulator or granulater, noun

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Word Origin and History for granulate



1660s, back-formation from granulation. Related: Granulated; granulating.

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