chlo·​ri·​nate | \ ˈklȯr-ə-ˌnāt How to pronounce chlorinate (audio) \
chlorinated; chlorinating

Definition of chlorinate

transitive verb

: to treat or combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound

Other Words from chlorinate

chlorination \ ˌklȯr-​ə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce chlorinate (audio) \ noun
chlorinator \ ˈklȯr-​ə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce chlorinate (audio) \ noun

Examples of chlorinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a press release, Lake Jackson does routinely chlorinate its water supply twice a year. Popular Science, 29 Sep. 2020 And how to chlorinate it by predissolving crepe chunks in benzol. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2019 During this mode, the system screens out solids, chlorinates the water, dechlorinates it, and then discharges it. Christine Woodside,, 4 Oct. 2019 Boris Johnson called Jeremy Corbyn a chlorinated chicken Our Prime Minister goaded a fellow politician by calling him a, 'chlorinated chicken'., 19 Sep. 2019 Could Brexit send America’s chlorinated chickens to the United Kingdom?, 9 Sep. 2019 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2019 There’s even a small, but loyal Cleveland surfing community, centered at Edgewater Beach, which during Stokes’ mayoral tenure had to be chlorinated so people could swim in the water. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, 20 June 2019 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and frequently change the water in pet dishes and birdbaths to prevent mosquitoes. Rachel Berry,, 19 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of chlorinate

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chlorinate was in 1855

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transitive verb
chlo·​ri·​nate | \ ˈklōr-ə-ˌnāt, ˈklȯr- How to pronounce chlorinate (audio) \
chlorinated; chlorinating

Medical Definition of chlorinate

: to treat or cause to combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound

Other Words from chlorinate

chlorination \ ˌklōr-​ə-​ˈnā-​shən, ˌklȯr-​ How to pronounce chlorinate (audio) \ noun

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