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