Irradiate vs Radiate - What's the difference?

irradiate | radiate |

Irradiate is a synonym of radiate.


As verbs the difference between irradiate and radiate

is that irradiate is to throw rays of light upon; to illuminate; to brighten; to adorn with luster while radiate is to extend, send or spread out from a center like radii.

As adjectives the difference between irradiate and radiate

is that irradiate is illuminated; irradiated; made brilliant or splendid while radiate is radiating from a center; having rays or parts diverging from a center; radiated.

As a noun radiate is

(zoology) one of the radiata.

irradiate

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To throw rays of light upon; to illuminate; to brighten; to adorn with luster.
  • * Sir W. Jones
  • Thy smile irradiates yon blue fields.
  • To enlighten intellectually; to illuminate.
  • to irradiate the mind
  • * Bishop George Bull
  • And indeed we ought, in these happy intervals, when our understandings are thus irradiated and enlightened, to make a judgment of the state and condition of our souls in the sight of God
  • To animate by heat or light.
  • To radiate, shed, or diffuse.
  • * H. James
  • a splendid facade, irradiating hospitality
  • To emit rays; to shine.
  • To treat (food) with ionizing radiation in order to destroy bacteria
  • Adjective

    (head)
  • Illuminated; irradiated; made brilliant or splendid.
  • References

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    radiate

    English

    (radiation)

    Verb

    (radiat)
  • To extend, send or spread out from a center like radii.
  • To emit rays or waves.
  • The stove radiates heat.
  • To come out or proceed in rays or waves.
  • The heat radiates from a stove.
  • * John Locke
  • Light radiates from luminous bodies directly to our eyes.
  • To illuminate.
  • To expose to ionizing radiation, such as by radiography.
  • To manifest oneself in a glowing manner.
  • to spread into new habitats, migrate.
  • Synonyms

    * (to expose to radiation) irradiate

    Derived terms

    * radiator

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Radiating from a center; having rays or parts diverging from a center; radiated.
  • a radiate crystal
  • Surrounded by rays, such as the head of a saint in a religious picture.
  • (botany) Having parts radiating from the center, like the petals in many flowers.
  • (biology) Having radial symmetry, like a seastar.
  • (zoology) Belonging to the Radiata.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (zoology) One of the Radiata.
  • Anagrams

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