phosphorate

[ fos-fuh-reyt ]
/ ˈfɒs fəˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), phos·pho·rat·ed, phos·pho·rat·ing.

Also phosphorize. Chemistry. to combine or impregnate with phosphorus.
to cause to have phosphorescence.

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Origin of phosphorate

1780–90; phosphor- or phosphor + -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for phosphorate

phosphorate
/ (ˈfɒsfəˌreɪt) /

verb

to treat or combine with phosphorus
(tr) rare to cause (a substance) to exhibit phosphorescence
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