Sublimate Definition

sŭblə-māt
sublimated, sublimates, sublimating
verb
sublimated, sublimates, sublimating
To undergo sublimating.
Webster's New World
To cause to change directly from a solid to a gas, or from a gas to a solid, without becoming a liquid.
Webster's New World
To cause (a solid or gas) to sublimate.
American Heritage
To have a purifying or ennobling influence or effect on.
Webster's New World
To express (socially or personally unacceptable impulses, specif. sexual impulses) in constructive, acceptable forms, often unconsciously.
Webster's New World
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noun
sublimates
A substance that is the product of sublimating.
Webster's New World
adjective
Sublimated.
Webster's New World

Origin of Sublimate

  • Latin sublīmāre sublīmāt- to elevate from sublīmis uplifted

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

  • Latin sublimatus, past participle of sublimare (“to raise, elevate").

    From Wiktionary

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