[ meth-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈmɛθ əˌleɪt /


Also called methoxide. any derivative of methyl alcohol, as sodium methylate, CH3ONa.
any compound containing the methyl group.

verb (used with object), meth·yl·at·ed, meth·yl·at·ing.

(in a compound) to replace (one or more hydrogen atoms) with the methyl group.
to mix with methyl alcohol, as in the denaturation of ethyl alcohol.

Origin of methylate

First recorded in 1825–35; methyl- + -ate1

Related forms

meth·yl·a·tor, nounun·meth·yl·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for methylate


/ (ˈmɛθɪˌleɪt) /


(tr) to mix with methanol
to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction in which a methyl group is introduced into a molecule


another name for methoxide

Derived Forms

methylation, nounmethylator, noun
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Medicine definitions for methylate


[ mĕthə-lāt′ ]


To mix or combine with methyl alcohol.
To combine with the methyl radical.


An organic compound in which the hydrogen of the hydroxyl group of methyl alcohol is replaced by a metal.
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Science definitions for methylate


[ mĕthə-lāt′ ]


An organic compound having the general formula CH3OR, in which R is a metal. Methylates are formed by replacing the hydrogen of the hydroxyl group (OH) of methyl alcohol with a metal.


To combine with the methyl radical.
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