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irradiate

[ verb ih-rey-dee-eyt; adjective ih-rey-dee-it, -eyt ]
/ verb 瑟藞re瑟 di藢e瑟t; adjective 瑟藞re瑟 di 瑟t, -藢e瑟t /
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Archaic.
  1. to emit rays; shine.
  2. to become radiant.
adjective
irradiated; bright.
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Origin of irradiate

1595鈥1605; <Latin irradi膩tus, past participle of irradi膩re to shine upon. See ir-1, radiate

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British Dictionary definitions for irradiate

irradiate
/ (瑟藞re瑟d瑟藢e瑟t) /

verb
(tr) physics to subject to or treat with light or other electromagnetic radiation or with beams of particles
(tr) to expose (food) to electromagnetic radiation to kill bacteria and retard deterioration
(tr) to make clear or bright intellectually or spiritually; illumine
a less common word for radiate (def. 1)
(intr) obsolete to become radiant

Derived forms of irradiate

irradiative, adjectiveirradiator, noun
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Scientific definitions for irradiate

irradiate
[ 沫-r膩d膿-膩t鈥 ]

To expose to or treat with radiation. For example, meat sold as food is often irradiated with x-rays or other radiation to kill bacteria; uranium 238 can be irradiated with neutrons to create fissionable plutonium 239.
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