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

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The company is building a plant that will desalinate seawater.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Malik said the team connected fire hoses that spanned 500 yards, from the ocean to a desalinating unit near the clinic that purified the water. Elaine Chen,, "Chicago-area doctor part of first relief team in Bahamas town devastated by Hurricane Dorian," 17 Sep. 2019 The wood will be desalinated for preservation and then examined closely for things like cut marks, engravings and other signs of the ancient people who constructed it millennia ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "An 8,000-Year-Old Platform in Britain Could Be the Oldest Boat-Building Site Ever Discovered," 27 Aug. 2019 In response, the city plans to open two new plants to desalinate seawater within the next five years, according to T. Prabhushankar, executive director of the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Anchorage Daily News, "As a major Indian city runs out of water, 9 million people pray for rain," 2 July 2019

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Desalinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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

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