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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Local authorities are trucking in water and desalinating seawater, but the overall supply is 40 percent less than the city's basic requirement. Anchorage Daily News, "As a major Indian city runs out of water, 9 million people pray for rain," 2 July 2019 And even though technologies exist for purifying contaminated water and desalinating seawater, these typically require expensive infrastructure and lots of energy, putting them beyond the reach of many communities. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need," 28 June 2019 Local authorities are trucking in water and desalinating seawater, but the supply is less than half the city’s basic requirement. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "As a major Indian city runs out of water, 9 million people pray for rain," 28 June 2019 Soneva’s earliest initiatives began 15 years ago by desalinating water, to eliminate plastic bottled water being imported to its island. Katie Lockhart, National Geographic, "These luxury resorts want to save the Maldives," 5 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of desalinate

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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