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

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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 color scheme was muted with rich woods, deep greens, and patinated silvers. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "Jubilee Is the Celebration of Black Cooking I Didn’t Expect to Love So Deeply," 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, "With a brass band blaring, artist Kehinde Wiley goes off to war with Confederate statues," 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, "The Hamptons Oasis That Barnes & Noble Built," 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, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Whealon layers items from different periods and cultures, artfully mixing the pristine and the patinated. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "The A-List: 60+ Of The Best Interior Designers From The Pages Of ELLE DECOR And Beyond," 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,, "'Porto' review: Anton Yelchin stars in a film that's in love with love and cinema," 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, "London’s Design Fair: The Top 10 Pieces We’re Obsessed With," 28 Sep. 2017 There were oak cabinet doors that had seatbeltlike pulls by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), doors made of wood and thick strips of copper by Henning Larsen Architects and doors in smoked oak or patinated bronze by Norm Architects. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "Putting a Designer’s Polish on Ikea Products," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of patinate

1857, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of patinate was in 1857

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“Patinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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