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

Examples of desalinate in a Sentence

The company is building a plant that will desalinate seawater.

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An international team of engineers collaborated on a device that uses solar power not to harvest water, but to purify and desalinate it. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: A Flood of New Solar Water Harvesters," 1 Jan. 2019 Of course, Iceland has desalinated water in spades; not so for elsewhere on Earth, which, for now, makes this project pretty hard to adopt in other countries if the CarbFix team can't adapt the method to salt water. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Iceland’s Radical Plan to Slow Climate Change," 9 May 2019 The Navy put in artificial turf at Cooper Field, the outdoor sports complex, to save on the fuel for desalinating water for the baseball diamond and soccer pitch . Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Guantánamo is going green," 12 Dec. 2011 Global energy use of all types (including fuels) is about 18 terawatts today, so this is a scenario where all the fuel a growing world could want are made in the Sahara, and Africa's drinking water is probably desalinated, to boot. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain," 8 Sep. 2018 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

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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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