Acetate ( noun , verb )

(As a noun)

Acetate ( noun )

  1. A salt or ester of acetic acid.
  2. A type of plastic film used in photography, printing and in the manufacture of textiles.


Late 17th century: from french ac├ętate, from acetum 'vinegar', because of the presence of acetic acid in vinegar, which was used in making acetates.


  1. The fabric was treated with an acetate solution to make it wrinkle-free.
  2. She made the acetate sheets for the overhead projector.
  3. The chemist was measuring out the acetate for the experiment.
  4. The acetate film had a distinctive greenish hue.
  5. Acetates are often used in place of vinyl records for DJing.

(As a verb)

Acetate ( verb )

  1. To treat or coat with an acetate.
  2. To convert (alcohol) into acetate by reaction with acetic acid.


Early 19th century: from acetate + -ate1.


  1. The fabric was acetated to make it wrinkle-free.
  2. The chemist was acetating the alcohol in the experiment.
  3. She acetated the solution to get rid of the impurities.
  4. The acetate process gives a durable finish to the material.
  5. The new process can acetate large quantities of alcohol in a short time.
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