dehydrate

[dee-hahy-dreyt]
verb (used with object), dehydrated, dehydrating.
1.
to deprive (a chemical compound) of water or the elements of water.
2.
to free (fruit, vegetables, etc.) from moisture for preservation; dry.
3.
to remove water from (the body or a tissue).
4.
to deprive of spirit, force, or meaning; render less interesting or effectual.
verb (used without object), dehydrated, dehydrating.
5.
to lose water or moisture: Milk dehydrates easily.

Origin:
1850–55; de- + hydrate


2. See evaporate.
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dehydrate (diːˈhaɪdreɪt, ˌdiːhaɪˈdreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to lose or cause to lose water; make or become anhydrous
2.  to lose or cause to lose hydrogen atoms and oxygen atoms in the proportions in which they occur in water, as in a chemical reaction
3.  to lose or deprive of water, as the body or tissues
 
dehy'dration
 
n
 
de'hydrator
 
n

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dehydrate
1854, from Gk. hydor "water" (see water (n.1)). A chemical term at first, given a broader extension 1880s. Related: Dehydration (1834).
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dehydrate (dē-hī'drāt')
v. de·hy·drat·ed, de·hy·drat·ing, de·hy·drates

  1. To remove water from; make anhydrous.

  2. To preserve by removing water from something, such as vegetables.

  3. To deplete the bodily fluids of an individual.

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Example sentences for dehydrating
The de particles abrade the bedbug, essentially dehydrating it of water and lipids.
Sulfuric acid is also used as a general dehydrating agent in its concentrated form.
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