hydrogenate

[ hahy-druh-juh-neyt, hahy-droj-uh- ]
/ ˈhaɪ drə dʒəˌneɪt, haɪˈdrɒdʒ ə- /

verb (used with object), hy·dro·gen·at·ed, hy·dro·gen·at·ing.

to combine or treat with hydrogen, especially to add hydrogen to the molecule of (an unsaturated organic compound).

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Origin of hydrogenate

First recorded in 1800–10; hydrogen + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM hydrogenate

hy·dro·gen·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrogenate

hydrogenate

hydrogenize or hydrogenise

/ (ˈhaɪdrədʒɪˌneɪt, haɪˈdrɒdʒɪˌneɪt) /

verb

to undergo or cause to undergo a reaction with hydrogento hydrogenate ethylene

Derived forms of hydrogenate

hydrogenation, hydrogenization or hydrogenisation, nounhydrogenator, noun
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Scientific definitions for hydrogenate

hydrogenate
[ hīdrə-jə-nāt′, hī-drŏjə-nāt′ ]

To treat or combine chemically an unsaturated compound with hydrogen. Liquid vegetable oils are often hydrogenated to turn them into solids.
To turn coal into oil by combining its carbon with hydrogen to form hydrocarbons.
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