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irradiate

ir·ra·di·ate

irradiate

 
pronunciation:
ih reI di eIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: irradiated, irradiates, irradiating
definition 1: to expose to radiation, esp. as a medical treatment.
similar words:
bombard
definition 2: to emit as or like rays of light.
similar words:
radiate
definition 3: to illuminate with or as if with light rays; cast light on.
derivations: irradiative (adj.), irradiator (n.)
Word Parts
The word irradiate contains the following parts:
ir-1 Latin prefix that means in, into, on
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radi Latin root that means ray, spoke
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).