de·​sa·​li·​nate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈsa-lə-ˌnāt How to pronounce desalinate (audio) also -ˈsā- \
desalinated; desalinating

Definition of desalinate

Other Words from desalinate

desalination \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌsa-​lə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce desalinate (audio) also  -​ˌsā-​ \ noun
desalinator \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈsa-​lə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce desalinate (audio) also  -​ˈsā-​ \ noun

Examples of desalinate in a Sentence

The company is building a plant that will desalinate seawater.
Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately the state will probably participate in a plan to desalinate water, using either the ocean or salty groundwater, said Garfin, who was not involved in writing the panel's report. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Now residents get water from the river and desalinate it. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Jan. 2022 It could also be used to produce hydrogen or desalinate water. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 These businesses could connect with a specialised innovator, such as Aqua 4D, that uses technology to, for example, desalinate seawater using thermal solar energy, or clean wastewater without the use of polluting chemicals. Jonquil Hackenberg, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 As a graduate student, Carl, at 24, figured out how to desalinate seawater through a solar still purifier, which used the sun's heat to evaporate seawater. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2021 All these wonders — plus plants to desalinate the water needed to green its desert dunes and air condition its interiors — fuel Dubai's voracious appetite for electricity. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 Maybe that guy will build the fastest car on Earth, or design a new way to desalinate seawater to slake the world’s thirst, or find a way into space on his own. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2020 Up-and-coming reactors, like those of NuScale and KAERI, are designed for applications like Bilibino, where residents need a permanent source of electricity or desalinated water. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 16 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of desalinate

1949, in the meaning defined above

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