Sublimate
Sublimate Sub"li*mate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sublimated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sublimating}.] [L. sublimatus, p. p. of sublimare to raise, elevate, fr. sublimis high: cf. F. sublimer. See {Sublime}, a., and cf. {Surlime}, v. t.] 1. To bring by heat into the state of vapor, which, on cooling, returns again to the solid state; as, to sublimate sulphur or camphor. [1913 Webster]

2. To refine and exalt; to heighten; to elevate. [1913 Webster]

The precepts of Christianity are . . . so apt to cleanse and sublimate the more gross and corrupt. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

3. (Psychology) To redirect the energy (of sexual or other biological drives) into a more socially acceptable or constructive form. [PJC]


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  • Sublimate — Sub li*mate, n. [LL. sublimatum.] (Chem.) A product obtained by sublimation; hence, also, a purified product so obtained. [1913 Webster] {Corrosive sublimate}. (Chem.) mercuric chloride. See {Corrosive sublimate} under {Corrosive}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sublimate — Sub li*mate, a. [LL. sublimatus.] Brought into a state of vapor by heat, and again condensed as a solid. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sublimate — index elevate, purge (purify) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sublimate — (v.) 1560s, from L. sublimatus, pp. of sublimare (see SUBLIMATION (Cf. sublimation)). Related: Sublimated; sublimating …   Etymology dictionary

  • sublimate — ► VERB 1) (in psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity. 2) transform into a purer or idealized form. 3) Chemistry another term for SUBLIME(Cf. ↑sublimity). ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • sublimate — [sub′lə māt΄; ] for adj. & n., also [, sub′ləmit] vt. sublimated, sublimating [< L sublimatus, pp. of sublimare: see SUBLIME, vt.] 1. to cause to change directly from a solid to a gas, or from a gas to a solid, without becoming a liquid 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • sublimate — v. (D; tr.) to sublimate into, to * * * [ sʌblɪm(e)ɪt] to (D; tr.) to sublimate into …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sublimate — [[t]sʌ̱blɪmeɪt[/t]] sublimates, sublimating, sublimated VERB If you sublimate a strong desire or feeling, you express it in a way that is socially acceptable. [TECHNICAL or, FORMAL] [V n] He could try to sublimate the problem by writing, in… …   English dictionary

  • sublimate — UK [ˈsʌblɪmeɪt] / US [ˈsʌblɪˌmeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms sublimate : present tense I/you/we/they sublimate he/she/it sublimates present participle sublimating past tense sublimated past participle sublimated formal to change the way that… …   English dictionary

  • sublimate — verb /ˈsʌblɪmeɪt/ a) To change state from a solid to a gas (or from a gas to a solid) without passing through the liquid state (transitive or intransitive) b) To purify or refine a substance through such a change of state. See Also: corrosive… …   Wiktionary

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