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

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

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The company is building a plant that will desalinate seawater.

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That means that if ratepayers embrace conservation during a drought, the water authority must continue to buy expensive desalinated water while potentially forgoing the cheaper water from the Met. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018 On board, one device would use the electricity to desalinate seawater and pass the fresh water to electrolyzers to produce hydrogen. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 In the Bay Area, the Alameda County Water District has been desalinating water from the Niles Cone Groundwater Basin, beneath Alameda Creek, since 2003. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "$10 million coming to Bay Area desalination project — but it’s not on the ocean," 16 Mar. 2018 About 5,500 people live now on Guantánamo, a 45-square-mile outpost that brings in its food by air and sea and makes its own energy, desalinates its own water. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters," 20 June 2018 The base that today houses 6,000 people makes all its own electricity and desalinates its own water. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Guantánamo is going green," 12 Dec. 2011 Antioch officials intend to invest their $10 million slice of the funds into a $62 million plant that will desalinate water from the San Joaquin River. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "$10 million coming to Bay Area desalination project — but it’s not on the ocean," 16 Mar. 2018 The structure incorporates an elaborate mechanism that draws water from the Gulf of Mexico, the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean, desalinates it and distributes it along the length of the border. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Trump Plans to View Wall Prototypes. Here Are Some He Won’t See.," 12 Mar. 2018 Semonite dispatched a mobile command center to St. Thomas and 31 generators to begin restoring power to critical infrastructure, such as police stations and the plant that desalinates sea water. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Irma's wrath: most St. Thomas residents to be powerless for months," 14 Sep. 2017

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of desalinate

: to remove salt from (something, such as water)

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