- a salt of sulfuric acid containing the divalent, negative radical SO
- an uncharged ester of this acid
Origin of sulfateFrench from Classical Latin sulphur, sulfur + French -ate, -ate
transitive verb-·fat·ed, -·fat·ing
- to treat with sulfuric acid or a sulfate
- to convert into a sulfate
- to cause a deposit of lead sulfate to form on (the negative plates of a storage battery)
to become sulfated
The divalent group SO4 or a compound containing this group.
verbsul·fat·ed, sul·fat·ing, sul·fates
- To treat or react with sulfuric acid or a sulfate.
- Electricity To cause lead sulfate to accumulate on (the plates of a lead-acid storage battery).
To become sulfated.
Origin of sulfateFrench from Latin sulfur sulfur
(third-person singular simple present sulfates, present participle sulfating, simple past and past participle sulfated)
- (chemistry) To treat something with sulfuric acid, a sulfate, or with sulfur dioxide.
- (of a lead-acid battery) To accumulate a deposit of lead sulfate.