ben·​e·​fi·​ci·​a·​tion ˌbe-nə-ˌfi-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce beneficiation (audio)
: the treatment of raw material (such as iron ore) to improve physical or chemical properties especially in preparation for smelting
beneficiate transitive verb

Examples of beneficiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sorted glass then goes through beneficiation to remove any contamination, such as bottle caps, labels, or metals. Maria Marabito, Treehugger, 6 Apr. 2023 Copper mines use water for flotation beneficiation – the process of crushing ore and separating useless minerals – smelting and electro-refining. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 10 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beneficiation was circa 1881

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“Beneficiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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