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verb (used with object), in·so·lat·ed, in·so·lat·ing.
  1. to expose to the sun's rays; treat by exposure to the sun's rays.
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Origin of insolate

1615–25; < Latin insōlātus past participle of insōlāre to place in the sun. See in-2, soli-2, -ate1
Related formsun·in·so·lat·ed, adjectiveun·in·so·lat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for insolate


  1. (tr) to expose to sunlight, as for bleaching
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin insōlāre to place in the sun, from in- ² + sōl sun
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Word Origin and History for insolate


"to expose to the rays of the sun," 1620s, from Latin insolatus, past participle of insolare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + sol "sun" (see Sol). Related: Insolated; insolation.

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