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

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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 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, "In Dubai, oil-rich UAE sees a new wonder: A coal power plant," 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, ""Mad Mike" Hughes Rejected Science and Chased Fame. It Killed Him.," 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, "A Brief History of Tiny Nuclear Reactors," 16 Dec. 2019 Low-grade heat is a potential energy source around the world, including to desalinate seawater without outside energy. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Device Turns Low-Grade Waste Heat Into Electricity," 18 Nov. 2019 But Farimani’s research is specifically about desalinating water, which is a different use case altogether. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Water Desalination Just Got a Lot Better," 13 Dec. 2019 The country has large reserves of oil and natural gas, and uses gas to desalinate water from the Gulf of Oman. Ian James, azcentral, "Ancient aqueducts in Oman imperiled by modern wells and climate change," 28 Nov. 2019 Efforts to keep aqueducts flowing While the aflaj represent Oman’s water history, the country also relies heavily on modern water infrastructure, including nine large plants that desalinate seawater, as well as 47 small desalination plants. Ian James, azcentral, "Ancient aqueducts in Oman imperiled by modern wells and climate change," 28 Nov. 2019 Currently, desalination is largely limited to more affluent countries, especially those with ample fossil fuels and access to seawater (although brackish water inland can be desalinated, too). Henry Fountain, New York Times, "The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost?," 22 Oct. 2019

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of desalinate

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

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