noun Chemistry.
a salt or ester of formic acid.

1800–10; form(ic) + -ate2 Unabridged
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formate (ˈfɔːmeɪt)
any salt or ester of formic acid containing the ion HCOO-- or the group HCOO--
[C19: from form(ic) + -ate1]

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formate for·mate (fôr'māt')
A compound, such as a salt or an ester of formic acid, that contains the HCOO- radical.

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formate   (fôr'māt')  Pronunciation Key 
A salt or ester of formic acid, containing the group HCOO.
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Example sentences
Scientists thought formate was too poor an energy source to support life.
Moreover, each time a formate ion neutralizes a hole, the reaction releases a second electron that darkens a second silver ion.
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