Definition of dehydrate
1a : to remove bound water or hydrogen and oxygen from (a chemical compound) in the proportion in which they form waterb : to remove water from (something, such as a food)
2 : to deprive of vitality or savor
: to lose water or body fluids
dehydratorplay \-ˌdrā-tər\ noun
Examples of dehydrate in a Sentence
Salt dehydrates the meat and keeps it from spoiling.
Athletes drink lots of water so they don't dehydrate.
Exercising in this heat will dehydrate you.
Recent Examples of dehydrate from the Web
However, according to the CDC, the company website said placentas are prepared by being cleaned, sliced and dehydrated at a range of 115 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
In many cases, new mothers send their baby’s placentas to processing companies that dehydrate them and encapsulate them into pills.
Ever wake up starry-eyed and dehydrated on the floor of a stranger's apartment with confetti on your chest trying to piece together last night's debauchery?
The chart shows urine colors of a hydrated person compared to someone who is dehydrated.
The St. Charles resident is an avid cook who enjoys freezing as well as dehydrating his ingredients and finished dishes.
Exhausted, dehydrated, stomach in shambles... but very much alive.
Wolf Hollow education coordinator Shona Aitken said the surviving birds were dehydrated and weak.
The female subjects also perceived tasks as more difficult when slightly dehydrated.
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Did You Know?
Dehydrating food is a good way to preserve it; raisins, which are dehydrated grapes, are a good example. Dehydration through industrial processes makes it possible to keep food even longer and store it in a smaller space. Freeze-drying produces food that only needs rehydration—that is, the addition of water—to restore its original consistency. Runners, cyclists, and hikers fearful of dehydration seem to be constantly hydrating themselves nowadays, sometimes even using a shoulder pack with a tube going straight into the mouth. Dehydrate can also be used for making something "dry" or "lifeless;" thus, a dull teacher can dehydrate American history, and an unimaginative staging can dehydrate a great Shakespeare play.
First Known Use of dehydrate
DEHYDRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dehydrate for English Language Learners
: to remove water or moisture from (something, such as food)
: to lose too much water
DEHYDRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of dehydrate for Students
1 : to take water from (as foods) dehydrate fruit
2 : to lose water or body fluids Athletes should avoid dehydrating.
Medical Definition of dehydrate
transitive verb: to remove bound water or hydrogen and oxygen from (a chemical compound) in the proportion in which they form water
2: to remove water from (as foods)
intransitive verb: to lose water or body fluids
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