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re·​me·​di·​ate ri-ˈmē-dē-ˌāt How to pronounce remediate (audio)
remediated; remediating; remediates

transitive verb

: to make (something) the target of remedial action : to provide a remedy for
… the process of removing the spent fuel, draining the holding pool, remediating the site, and treating contaminated groundwater.Jeff Johnson
Work is underway … to remediate erosion on a 6000 foot section on the Gill bank of the Connecticut River.David Detmold
But here's the thing: [basketball coach John] Calipari was worried, worried enough to try all sorts of things behind the scenes to remediate his team's results at the line.Alexander Wolff


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re·​me·​di·​ate ri-ˈmē-dē-ət How to pronounce remediate (audio)

Examples of remediate in a Sentence

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Simply knowing that a secret was leaked or that a third party has access to your business’s systems or data is not helpful to remediate and respond. Alon Jackson, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The collective began reintroducing once-endemic animals in 2018, as well as remediating landscapes that had been given over to cattle pasture. Heather Richardson, Travel + Leisure, 5 Nov. 2023 For example, Washington is addressing the human legacy of the Vietnam War, namely by removing unexploded ordinance and completing efforts to remediate Agent Orange contamination in the Vietnamese countryside. Derek Grossman, Foreign Affairs, 6 Oct. 2023 Eight other stations were inspected, remediated and cleared by the department for fuel sales in locations including Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 29 Aug. 2023 The piece helped remediate a polluted site and offered the surreal vision of downtown emerging from behind tidy furrows of corn. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 After those initial two cases, the hotel's water system was remediated, and testing after that did not detect legionella bacteria, according to the health department. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 25 Aug. 2023 Dozens of sites have been remediated over the past few decades, leaving seven remaining. Theo Greenly, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2023 The Grand Trunk Wetland Habitat Restoration project, also known as the Bay View Wetland, will remediate contaminated sediment and restored in the coming years. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 24 July 2023
Assembly Bill 1167 requires full bonding to properly plug and remediate idle or abandoned wells when oil companies transfer ownership. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2023 In co-ops, building-wide issues are the responsibility of the board to address and remediate, but a good managing agent is critical. Jill Terreri Ramos, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2023 This is the only biological technique currently available to remediate airborne pollutants. Elizabeth Waddington, Treehugger, 19 July 2023 The Legislature is currently working on an expansive PFAS bill, which would create grant programs to test, treat and remediate PFAS, in addition to taking away some of the DNR's authority to hold polluters accountable. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2023 Riccio, with the CROP Project, said the organization has prioritized working with local tribes like Preston’s to remediate grow sites after they’ve been cleared by law enforcement, including removing the remaining trash and infrastructure., 1 June 2023 The spending bill also allocates more than $147 million in federal funds to help states recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, funds to help remediate mineral wells, a suicide prevention grant for the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and more. Detroit Free Press, 8 Mar. 2023 Additionally, an ongoing validation engine measures performance and provides constant visibility to detect and remediate faults and issues proactively versus reactively. Will Townsend, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Thanks to its cushioned insole, Vionic's Wilma Bootie offers exceptional arch support that can help remediate discomfort and strain. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1837, in the meaning defined above


1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of remediate was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Remediate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


transitive verb
re·​me·​di·​ate ri-ˈmē-dē-ˌāt How to pronounce remediate (audio)
: to make the target of remedial action
the commissioner of environmental protection…shall conduct remedial actions necessary to remediate the pollution at or on the siteGeneral Statutes of Connecticut

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