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passivate

[pas-uh-veyt] /ˈpæs əˌveɪt/
verb (used with object), passivated, passivating. Metallurgy
1.
to treat (a metal) to render the surface less reactive chemically.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; passive + -ate1
Related forms
passivation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for passivation

passivate

/ˈpæsɪˌveɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to render (a metal) less susceptible to corrosion by coating the surface with a substance, such as an oxide
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