pat·​i·​nate | \ ˈpa-tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce patinate (audio) \
patinated; patinating

Definition of patinate

transitive verb

: to give a patina to

intransitive verb

: to take on a patina usually used in the past participle patinated bronze

Other Words from patinate

patination \ ˌpa-​tə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce patinate (audio) \ noun

Examples of patinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The zinc countertop is nonporous, naturally antibacterial, and will patinate in time. Victoria Hagan And David Colman, House Beautiful, 22 Sep. 2021 The color scheme was muted with rich woods, deep greens, and patinated silvers. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, 6 Nov. 2019 Far above the statue, which is a dark patinated bronze, a white woman on a white horse rode through a sunlit landscape in a perfume ad for Lancome. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2019 Masterpieces are dotted across the lawn: There is a massive and rustily patinated 180-ton Richard Serra sculpture, Sidewinder, anchoring the front yard, its two curving steel walls shadowing each other. Ted Loos, WSJ, 24 May 2018 Daigle has a face like an oilskin raincoat, patinated from life on the land moonlighting for mining companies—chasing other people’s dreams. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2018 Whealon layers items from different periods and cultures, artfully mixing the pristine and the patinated. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, 23 May 2016 Porto itself, in all its patinated, out-of-time beauty, may effectively be the third star of this fractured two-hander, but the film is no gilded travelogue. Guy Lodge,, 11 Jan. 2018 Space Copenhagen’s roomy oak lounge chair has an airy, not bulky, presence thanks to its spindle back and slender, patinated-brass arm rails. Sarah Medford, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of patinate

1857, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Patinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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