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

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Other Words from chlorinate

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

Examples of chlorinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And how to chlorinate it by predissolving crepe chunks in benzol. Washington Post, "Thomas Edison’s brilliant life, told in reverse," 27 Nov. 2019 During this mode, the system screens out solids, chlorinates the water, dechlorinates it, and then discharges it. Christine Woodside,, "Dead fish, condoms, brown foam: Sewage has chokehold on Bridgeport’s Black Rock Harbor," 4 Oct. 2019 Boris Johnson called Jeremy Corbyn a chlorinated chicken Our Prime Minister goaded a fellow politician by calling him a, 'chlorinated chicken'., "9 Incredible Things That Happened Since Luis Suarez Last Scored an Away Goal in the Champions League," 19 Sep. 2019 Could Brexit send America’s chlorinated chickens to the United Kingdom?, "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 9 Sep. 2019 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus," 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, "Smoke on the Water: 50 Years After the Cuyahoga Fire," 20 June 2019 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and frequently change the water in pet dishes and birdbaths to prevent mosquitoes. Rachel Berry,, "Does rain cause more mosquitoes?," 19 June 2019 Groundwater does not contain the organics that surface waters do and is less prone to produce TTHMs when chlorinated, according to Knudson. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Excessive contaminant in water resolved, say Chandler officials," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of chlorinate

1855, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2019

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“Chlorinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chlorinate

technical : to add chlorine to (something, such as water)


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 chlorination (audio) \ noun

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