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v. des·ic·cat·ed, des·ic·cat·ing, des·ic·cates
1. To dry out thoroughly.
2. To preserve (foods) by removing the moisture. See Synonyms at dry.
3. To make dry, dull, or lifeless: "Stalinism desiccated the grassroots of urban government" (Timothy J. Colton).
To become dry; dry out.
adj. (also -kĭt)
Lacking spirit or animation; arid: "There was only the sun-bruised and desiccate feeling in his mind" (J.R. Salamanca).
[Latin dēsiccāre, dēsiccāt- : dē-, de- + siccāre, to dry up (from siccus, dry).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Chemistry) (tr) to remove most of the water from (a substance or material); dehydrate
2. (Cookery) (tr) to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dry
3. (intr) to become dried up
[C16: from Latin dēsiccāre to dry up, from de- + siccāre to dry, from siccus dry]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
1. to dry thoroughly; dry up.
2. to preserve (food) by removing moisture; dehydrate.v.i.
3. to become thoroughly dried.
[1565–75; < Latin dēsiccātus dried up, past participle of dēsiccāre=dē- + siccāre, derivative of siccus dry]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
To remove the moisture from something, or dry it thoroughly.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Past participle: desiccated
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|Verb||1.||desiccate - preserve by removing all water and liquids from; "carry dehydrated food on your camping trip"|
|2.||desiccate - remove water from; "All this exercise and sweating has dehydrated me"|
|3.||desiccate - lose water or moisture; "In the desert, you get dehydrated very quickly"|
|Adj.||1.||desiccate - lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless; "a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata"; "a desiccate romance"; "a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery"-C.J.Rolo|
dull - lacking in liveliness or animation; "he was so dull at parties"; "a dull political campaign"; "a large dull impassive man"; "dull days with nothing to do"; "how dull and dreary the world is"; "fell back into one of her dull moods"
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desiccate[ˈdesɪkeɪt] VT → desecar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
vt → trocknen
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