transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
to compound with one or more ethyl groups
a compound formed by the replacement of the hydrogen atom in the hydroxyl group of ethyl alcohol by an active metal
transitive verbeth·yl·at·ed, eth·yl·at·ing, eth·yl·ates
To introduce the ethyl group into (a compound).
(third-person singular simple present ethylates, present participle ethylating, simple past and past participle ethylated)
- (organic chemistry) To react with an ethyl compound so as to introduce one or more ethyl groups into a compound