elec·​tro·​plate | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌplāt How to pronounce electroplate (audio) \
electroplated; electroplating; electroplates

Definition of electroplate

transitive verb

: to plate with an adherent continuous coating by electrodeposition

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Recent Examples on the Web The tiara is composed of fifteen intersecting circular components, set on a base ring and linked with an undulating band, all cast in lead-free pewter, mounted, and electroplated in silver. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Tiara Made It into the Downton Abbey Movie," 15 Sep. 2019 Cyanide is used by the steel industry to electroplate and clean metals. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "Toxic spill from northwest Indiana steel mill kills fish, forces closure of Lake Michigan beaches," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of electroplate

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Electroplate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroplate. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of electroplate

: to coat (something) with a thin layer of metal (such as silver) by using electrolysis (sense 2)

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