Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To furnish with a patina.
  • intransitive v. To acquire or become covered with a patina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a patina.
  • v. To coat with a patina.
  • v. To become coated with a patina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to coat with a patina; to patinize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. coat with a patina

Etymologies

patina +‎ -ate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Josiah Wedgwood used "Dr. Turner's brown varnish" to put an antiqued bronze surface on pottery. 1 Metals were varnished to protect them from rust, preserve their luster without constant polishing, deepen their color or patinate the surface.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • History could not patinate the members of the monster because history had no time to evolve.

    A Sense of the Past

  • Elliott had also called the Mestrovic restoration "highly questionable" because the coating gave the bronzes a rubbery, dime-store look and wouldn't allow them to patinate naturally.

    Chicago Reader

  • Over time, the petroglyphs will eventually patinate and be as dark as the original rock surface.

    Lahontan Valley News - Top Stories

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