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Definition of IRRADIATE

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Irradiate \Ir*ra"di*ate\ ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[=a]t), v. t. [imp.
     & p. p. {Irradiated} ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Irradiating} ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[=a]`t[i^]ng).] [L. irradiatus, p. p. of irradiate. See {In-} in, and {Radiate}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To throw rays of light upon; to illuminate; to brighten; to adorn with luster. [1913 Webster]

              Thy smile irradiates yon blue fields. --Sir W. Jones. [1913 Webster]

     2. To enlighten intellectually; to illuminate; as, to irradiate the mind. --Bp. Bull. [1913 Webster]

     3. To animate by heat or light. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

     4. To radiate, shed, or diffuse.
        [1913 Webster]

              A splendid fa[,c]ade, . . . irradiating hospitality.
                                                    --H. James. [1913 Webster]

     5. To expose to radiation of any kind, especially {ionizing radiation}; as, to sterilize food by irradiating it with gamma rays; one can cause mutations in bacteria by irradiating them with ultraviolet light. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

irradiate \ir*ra"di*ate\, v. i.
     To emit rays; to shine.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

irradiate \ir*ra"di*ate\ ([i^]r*r[=a]"d[i^]*[asl]t), a. [L. irradiatus, p. p.] Illuminated; irradiated. --Mason. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

61 Moby Thesaurus words for "irradiate": X-ray, activate, anhydrate, beacon, blast-freeze, brighten, brighten up, brine, charge, contaminate, corn, cure, dehydrate, desiccate, dry, dry-cure, dry-salt, edify, embalm, enlighten, evaporate, flood with light, floodlight, freeze, freeze-dry, fume, highlight, illume, illuminate, illumine, improve, infect, jerk, kipper, light, light up, lighten, luminate, marinade, marinate, mummify, overshine, pickle, poison, preservatize, quick-freeze, radiumize, refrigerate, relume, relumine, roentgenize, salt, season, shed light upon, shine upon, smoke, smoke-cure, spotlight, stuff, throw light upon, uplift

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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