[ lahy-kweyt ]
/ ˈlaɪ kweɪt /

verb (used with object), li·quat·ed, li·quat·ing.

to heat (an alloy or mixture) sufficiently to melt the more fusible matter and thus to separate it from the rest, as in the refining of tin.

verb (used without object), li·quat·ed, li·quat·ing.

to become separated by such a fusion (often followed by out).

Origin of liquate

1660–70; < Latin liquātus, past participle of liquāre to liquefy, melt. See liquid, -ate1
Related formsli·qua·tion [lahy-kwey-shuh n, -zhuh n] /laɪˈkweɪ ʃən, -ʒən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for liquate


/ (ˈlaɪkweɪt) /


(tr often foll by out) to separate one component of (an alloy, impure metal, or ore) by heating so that the more fusible part melts
Derived Formsliquation, noun

Word Origin for liquate

C17: from Latin liquāre to dissolve
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