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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [a-bleyt]
    • /æˈbleɪt/
    • /æb.ˈleɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [a-bleyt]
    • /æˈbleɪt/

Definitions of ablate word

  • verb ablate to remove by ablation 3
  • verb transitive ablate to remove, as by surgery 3
  • verb transitive ablate to wear away, melt, or vaporize (surface material) by entering into or passing through the atmosphere at supersonic speed 3
  • verb transitive ablate to wear away, as by erosion 3
  • intransitive verb ablate to undergo ablation 3
  • verb with object ablate to remove or dissipate by melting, vaporization, erosion, etc.: to ablate a metal surface with intense heat. 1

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Origin of ablate

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; < Latin ablātus carried away (past participle of auferre), equivalent to ab- ab- + lātus (past participle of ferre to bear); see -ate1

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Parts of speech for Ablate


ablate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

ablate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ablate

verb ablate

  • vaporize — to cause to change into vapor.
  • melt — to become liquefied by warmth or heat, as ice, snow, butter, or metal.

Top questions with ablate

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