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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
meth•yl•ate  (methə lāt′), 
n., v., -at•ed, -at•ing. [Chem.]

  1. ChemistryAlso called methoxide. any derivative of methyl alcohol, as sodium methylate, CH3ONa.
  2. Chemistryany compound containing the methyl group.

  1. Chemistry(in a compound) to replace (one or more hydrogen atoms) with the methyl group.
  2. Chemistryto mix with methyl alcohol, as in the denaturation of ethyl alcohol.
  • methyl- + -ate1 1825–35
methyl•a′tor, n. 

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methylate /ˈmɛθɪˌleɪt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to mix with methanol

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