To add chlorine to (something, especially water, to purify it; or an auriferous substance, to extract gold from it).

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  • Chlorinate — Chlo rin*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chlorinated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chlorinating}.] (Chem.) To treat, or cause to combine, with chlorine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chlorinate — (v.) 1856, from CHLORINE (Cf. chlorine) (n.) + ATE (Cf. ate) (2). Related: Chlorinated; chlorinated …   Etymology dictionary

  • chlorinate — ► VERB ▪ impregnate or treat with chlorine. DERIVATIVES chlorination noun …   English terms dictionary

  • chlorinate — [klôr′ə nāt΄] vt. chlorinated, chlorinating to treat or combine (a substance) with chlorine; esp., to pass chlorine into (water or sewage) for purification chlorination n. chlorinator n …   English World dictionary

  • chlorinate — transitive verb ( nated; nating) Date: 1855 to treat or combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound • chlorination noun • chlorinator noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chlorinate — chlorination, n. chlorinator, n. /klawr euh nayt , klohr /, v.t., chlorinated, chlorinating. 1. Chem. a. to combine or treat with chlorine. b. to introduce chlorine atoms into an organic compound by an addition or substitution reaction. 2. to… …   Universalium

  • chlorinate — chlo·ri·nate klōr ə .nāt, klȯr vt, nat·ed; nat·ing to treat or cause to combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound chlo·ri·na·tion .klōr ə nā shən, .klȯr n …   Medical dictionary

  • chlorinate — Synonyms and related words: acetify, acidify, acidulate, aerate, aerify, alkalify, alkalize, antisepticize, atomize, autoclave, boil, borate, carbonate, catalyze, chemical, decontaminate, delouse, disinfect, distill, electrolyze, emit, etherify,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • chlorinate — chlo|ri|nate [ˈklo:rıneıt] v [T] to add chlorine to water to kill ↑bacteria …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chlorinate — chlo·rin·ate || klɔːrɪneɪt v. disinfect with chlorine; add chlorine; treat with chlorine …   English contemporary dictionary

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