transitive verb-·cat·ed, -·cat·ing
- to change from being natural, simple, artless, etc. to being artificial, worldly-wise, urbane, etc.
- to bring to a more developed, complex, or refined form, technique, level, etc.
- Now Rare to make impure by mixture or adulteration
- Archaic to corrupt or mislead
Origin of sophisticateMiddle English sophisticaten from Medieval Latin sophisticatus, past participle of sophisticare from Classical Latin sophisticus: see sophistical
verbso·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing, so·phis·ti·cates
- To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly: Travel tends to sophisticate a person.
- To make more complex or refined: sophisticated the theory to take criticism into account.
- Archaic a. To mislead or corrupt (a person).b. To make impure; adulterate.
Origin of sophisticateMiddle English sophisticaten to adulterate from Medieval Latin sophisticāre sophisticāt- from Latin sophisticus sophistic from Greek sophistikos from sophistēs sophist ; see sophist .
- A worldly-wise person
(third-person singular simple present sophisticates, present participle sophisticating, simple past and past participle sophisticated)
- To make less natural or innocent.
- To practice sophistry; change the meaning of, or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive.
- To sophisticate the understanding. "” Southey.
- Yet Butler professes to stick to plain facts, not to sophisticate, not to refine. "” M. Arnold.
- To alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive.
- To sophisticate wine. "” Howell.
- They purchase but sophisticated ware. "” Dryden.
- To make more complex or refined.