Sublimating
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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