passivate

verb
pas·​siv·​ate | \ ˈpa-si-ˌvāt How to pronounce passivate (audio) \
passivated; passivating

Definition of passivate

transitive verb

1 : to make inactive or less reactive passivate the surface of steel by chemical treatment
2 : to protect (something, such as a solid-state device) against contamination by coating or surface treatment

Other Words from passivate

passivation \ ˌpa-​si-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce passivation (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of passivate

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Passivate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passivate. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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