Sophisticate definition

sə-fĭstĭ-kāt
To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly.

Travel tends to sophisticate a person.

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To bring to a more developed, complex, or refined form, technique, level, etc.
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To make more complex or refined.

Sophisticated the theory to take criticism into account.

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To change from being natural, simple, artless, etc. to being artificial, worldly-wise, urbane, etc.
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A sophisticated person.
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To mislead or corrupt (a person).
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To make impure; adulterate.
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To use sophistry.
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(now rare) To make impure by mixture or adulteration.
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(archaic) To corrupt or mislead.
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A sophisticated person.
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A worldly-wise person.
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To make less natural or innocent.
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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.

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To alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive.

To sophisticate wine. "” Howell.

They purchase but sophisticated ware. "” Dryden.

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To make more complex or refined.
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Adulterated; not pure; not genuine.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sophisticate
Plural:
sophisticates

Origin of sophisticate

  • Middle English sophisticaten to adulterate from Medieval Latin sophisticāre sophisticāt- from Latin sophisticus sophistic from Greek sophistikos from sophistēs sophist sophist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition