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[pree-treet] /priˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
to treat in advance or as part of a preliminary treatment:
to pretreat wood before staining it.
Origin of pretreat
1930-35; pre- + treat
Related forms
pretreatment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Some industrial users are required to pretreat their wastewater prior to discharge to the sewer.
  • Not all log-home manufacturers pretreat logs with wood preservatives at the factory.
  • The salt brine can be used to pretreat the roadways before a storm to help reduce the bond between snow and the pavement.
  • pretreat process wastes to comply with local ordinances or applicable federal categorical pretreatment standards.
  • These systems pretreat the wastewater before the effluent is released to the drain field.

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