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English definition of “plate”

plate

verb [T]     /pleɪt/
to cover a metal object with a thin layer of another metal, especially gold or silver: We normally plate the car handles with nickel and then chrome.Metals and metalworkingChemical elementsCovering and adding layers -plated     /-pleɪ.tɪd/ US  /-t̬ɪd/ suffix Gold-plated earrings are much cheaper than solid gold ones.Metals and metalworkingChemical elements plating     /ˈpleɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/ noun [U] gold/silver platingMetals and metalworkingChemical elementsCoverings and layers
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