Definition of beneficiate in English:



[with object]
  • Treat (a raw material) to improve its properties.

    ‘the development of techniques for beneficiating minerals’
    • ‘The resource life is about 18 years on current rates of production of beneficiated manganese ore.’
    • ‘These beneficiating operations, such as copper concentrating, are classified in Sector 21, Mining.’
    • ‘‘There has been no over-inflating and no reduction in the value of investments, but there has been a misunderstanding of the real value of beneficiating gold,’ the chief director said.’
    • ‘Beneficiation of magnesite at economic cost to produce high-grade material seems to be the only answer and the future supplies may be of beneficiated concentrates of magnesite.’
    • ‘A National Task Force has been constituted to assess the progress made in the implementation of the environmental standards and Rules, use of beneficiated coal and utilization of fly ash.’
    • ‘He says that mining companies that beneficiate their metals in South Africa may not have to meet the 26% equity sales as enshrined in the Mining Charter.’
    • ‘The beneficiated fiber may be imbedded with a polymeric material to form the composite.’
    • ‘The use of beneficiated coal has gained acceptance in steel plants and power plants located at a large distance from pitheads.’
    • ‘Figure 10.0 shows the composition of ilmenite, mineral rutile, beneficiated ores and other, non-commercial ores.’
    • ‘Another aspect of the IDZ linked to the provincial agricultural economy was beneficiating natural products in the textile sector like wool, mohair, sisal and hemp.’
    • ‘A small amount of Ag incorporated to Sm 2 Co 17 significantly beneficiates this material for permanent magnets fabrication.’
    • ‘The ash of beneficiated materials was richer in the basic oxides, while poorer in quartz.’
    • ‘Studio situations and often finances dictate that we do not beneficiate our raw materials.’
    • ‘The details provided by them indicate that there may be between 17-20% cost benefit by beneficiating bauxite ore using their technology.’
    • ‘In the crude form kaolin has limited uses, however beneficiated kaolin is widely used in the paper industry, in ceramics and in paint.’
    • ‘The beneficiated sludge solids composition is capable of being produced in present sewage treatment facilities.’


Late 19th century: from Spanish beneficiar (from beneficio ‘benefit’) + -ate.