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[dee-sal-uh-neyt] /diˈsæl əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), desalinated, desalinating.
Origin of desalinate
1945-50; de- + saline + -ate1
Related forms
desalination, noun
desalinator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for desalinate
  • The saltier the water gets, the more expensive it becomes to desalinate.
  • They are copying functional systems found in nature to provide cooling, generate energy and even to desalinate water.
  • They then use this osmotic energy to desalinate water.
  • And then desalinate the water that runs out of the generators.
  • Another desirable top global priority would be an inexpensive method to desalinate sea water to fresh water.
  • There is a lot of information about the use of osmosis to desalinate salt water t hus providing more fresh water for people.
  • One of the main applications is to purify, demineralize, and desalinate water.
  • Reverse osmosis polyamide membranes are used to desalinate and purify seawater, wastewater, and surface water.
  • Low cost methods to desalinate brackish water and sea water can help reverse this destabilizing trend.
  • Research other countries that desalinate their water and determine what methods they use.
British Dictionary definitions for desalinate


(transitive) to remove the salt from (esp from sea water) Also desalt (diːˈsɔːlt)
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