Definition of radioactivate in English:



[with object]
  • Convert (a substance, molecule, etc.) into a radioactive form.

    • ‘Certain elements in the sample are radioactivated.’
    • ‘Can new energy sources be found without poisoning or radioactivating us and countless future generations?’
    • ‘Thousands of tons of spray radioactivate the surfaces they fall upon to a dangerous degree, for an unknown length of time.’
    • ‘The terrific explosion sent reddish-blue or dark-brown flames shooting out against the ground at an astonishing velocity, radioactivating some forty percent of the city area.’
    • ‘The neutron bombardment is serious: it radioactivates substances and weakens structures.’
    pollute, adulterate
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