verb (used with object), chlo·ri·nat·ed, chlo·ri·nat·ing.
- to combine or treat with .
- to introduce atoms into an organic compound by an addition or substitution reaction.
- to disinfect (water) by means of chlorine.
- Metallurgy. to treat (a gold ore) with chlorine gas in order that the gold may be removed as a soluble chloride.
- to combine or treat (a substance) with chlorine
- to disinfect (water) with chlorine
1854, noun of action from(v.).
1836 (implied in chlorinated), from (n.) + (2). Related: Chlorinating.
- To treat or combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound.
- To add chlorine or one of its compounds to a substance. Water and sewage are chlorinated to be disinfected, and paper pulp is chlorinated to be bleached.